Scripture Verse

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


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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Oat­man,


Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

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


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.


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


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.