Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Johnson Oatman, Jr.
1856–1922

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in On Wings of Song, ed­it­ed by George C. Hugg (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1896), page 197.

Music: Flo­rence W. Will­iams (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Will­iams (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Oat­man, would you ?

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

Lyrics

Ring out the news that Christ is born,
Come, children, tell the story
That was proclaimed that Christmas morn,
By angel choirs from glory.

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Ring peace on earth, sweet peace on earth,
Good will to men,
Ring peace on earth and glory,
Glory in the highest;
Ring peace on earth, sweet peace on earth,
Good will to men;
Ring peace on earth, good will
And glory in the highest.

Tell o’er again the Savior’s birth,
The joyful news keep ringing;
Tell how for us He came to earth,
While shepherds heard sweet singing.

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The shepherds went to Bethlehem
And found the little Stranger
Just as the angels said to them,
And lying in a manger.

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For us He came to earth to die,
That we might be forgiven;
He came that we at last on high
His praise might sing in Heaven.

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