Scripture Verse

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

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Isaac H. Meredith
(1872–1962)

Words: Ann­a H. Mun­son, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 2, ed­it­ed by Isaac Mer­e­dith & Grant C. Tull­ar (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­linois: Tul­lar-Mer­e­dith, 1912), num­ber 223.

Mu­sic: Is­aac H. Me­re­dith (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst (1590–1656)

Lyrics

In the town of Bethl’em, one starry night,
The Prince of Peace was sent to earth;
With a wondrous glory, a star was shining bright,
Beaming over the manger of His birth.

Refrain

’Tis the birthday of the King,
’Tis the birthday of the King;
He was sent from Heav’n above,
God’s own precious gift of love,
’Tis the birthday of the King.

Shepherds saw with wonder in Heav’n the star,
To Him their gifts the sages bring;
At His feet to worship they journeyed from afar,
Gladly singing hosannas to their king.

Refrain

Angels joined the chorus from out the sky,
Goodwill and peace proclaimed to men;
Let us swell the anthem of voices from on high
As we welcome His birthday once again.

Refrain