Scripture Verse

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


Words: F. E. Pett­in­gell, 1890. Ap­peared in Fair as the Morn­ing, ed­it­ed by John Kurz­en­kna­be & Will­iam W. Bent­ley (Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia: J. H. Kurz­en­kna­be & Sons, 1891), num­ber 94.

Music: Fair­lop John H. Kurz­en­kna­be, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pet­tin­gell’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John H. Kurzenknabe (1840–1927)


Christ is born, the pro­mised Sav­ior,
Heaven with joy­ous mu­sic rings;
Christ is born, the Lord’s anoint­ed,
Prince of peace and King of kings.


Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Round the earth the mes­sage send:
Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Never shall His king­dom end.

Though His in­fant head was cra­dled
In a man­ger of the khan,
Angel hosts are His at­tend­ants,
Son of God and Son of man.


Christ is born, O bless­èd sto­ry!
Ages old, yet ev­er new;
Christ is born, ex­tol, en­shrine Him,
Give the King His right­ful due.