Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


Words: John Ca­wood, in Cot­ter­ill’s Se­lect­ions, 1819.

Music: Fes­tal Song Will­iam H. Wal­ter, in the Epis­co­pal Hym­nal with Tunes Old and New, by John I. Tuck­er, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ca­wood or Wal­ter (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Begin a joyful song,
To hail this happy morn:
Glad tidings from an angel’s tongue,
This day is Jesus born!

What comforts doth His name
To sinful men afford!
His glorious titles we proclaim—
A Savior—Christ—the Lord!

Now wrapped in swaddling bands,
Behold the eternal Son!
A stable for His palace stands,
A manger for His throne!

Glory to God on high,
All hail the happy morn!
Come join the anthems of the sky—
This day is Jesus born!