Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: J. T. Toof, Chim­ing Voic­es, ed­it­ed by James H. Ro­se­crans & J. T. Toof (New York: Asa Hull, 1893), page 162.

Music: Bur­gos Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Toof’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
(1850–1919)

Lyrics

Chime the bells! lift high your voices!
Bring rich gifts, for well you may!
All mankind this day rejoices—
Mary’s Son was born today!

Refrain

Sweep your harps, you host forgiven!
Night gave way to breaking morn;
Swinging gates gave glimpse of Heaven
On that day the Christ was born.

Let our songs abound in gladness,
Let our homes be bright and gay!
Let all hearts forget their sadness—
Christ the Lord was born today!

Refrain

Let our songs in vast assembly,
Worship God for gift so great;
Babe today, but years of manhood
Made His cross our best estate!

Refrain