They came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.@Luke 2:16
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Harriet E. Jones (1823-1915)

Harriet E. Jones, in Green Pastures for the Lambs by Alonzo J. Abbey & Merritt J. Munger (Cleveland, Ohio: S. Brainard’s Sons, 1886), number 37.

Alonzo J. Abbey (🔊 pdf nwc).

Hear the merry Christmas bells,
Sounding o’er the hills and dells;
Men rejoice, and angels sing,
’Tis the birthday of our king.

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Hear the bells, the merry bells,
Clear and sweet the music swells;
Let them ring, oh, let them ring,
’Tis the birthday of our king.

Little eyes are shining bright,
From the heart’s inmost delight;
As the angels kindly bring
Gifts this birthday of our king.

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Youths and maidens gaily glide
O’er the snow at eventide;
Hear them chant and gaily sing,
On the birthday of our king.

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Older hearts rejoice today;
Well they may, yes, well they may:
Every fear doth nearer bring,
The glad coming of their king.

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