Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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John Brownlie
1857–1925

Words: John of Da­mas­cus (675–749) (Δό­ξα ἐν ὑψίσ­τοι­ς θεῷ). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John Brown­lie, Hymns of the Greek Church (Ed­in­burgh & Lon­don: Ol­i­phant, An­der­son & Fer­ri­er, 1900), pag­es 33–34.

Music: Goethe, an­on­y­mous (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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John of Damascus
675–749

Lyrics

Bethlehem rejoices,
Hark the voices clear,
Singing in the starlight
Nearer and more near.

Refrain

Unto God be glory,
Peace to men be given,
This His will who dwelleth
In the heights of Heaven.

Heaven can not contain Him,
Nor the bounds of earth,
Yet, O glorious mystery!
Virgin gives Him birth.

Refrain

Now the light ariseth
In the darkened skies,
Now the proud are humbled
And the lowly rise.

Refrain