Scripture Verse

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


Words: Eli­za M. Sher­man, in Crown­ing Glo­ry No. 1, ed­it­ed by Pe­ter Bil­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: P. Bil­horn, 1890), num­ber 85.

Music: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Sher­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Peter P. Bilhorn (1865–1936)


Angels Announcing Christ’s Birth to the Shepherds
Govert Flinck, 1639
Wikimedia Commons

List to the mu­sic ov­er the earth,
Loud the mer­ry joy-bells tell of Je­sus’ birth;
Join in the mu­sic, for on this morn
Christ, our Lord and king is born.


Glory in the high­est, glo­ry give today,
Tell the bless­èd sto­ry, sound aloud the lay;
Ring out the tid­ings, for on this morn,
Christ, our Lord and king, is born.

Peace He is bring­ing, good­will to men,
Gifts of grace and glo­ry tell it once again;
O may our hearts for love, Lord, of Thee,
One eter­nal Christ­mas be.


Soon will the day­star shin­ing so bright,
Turn the gloom to glo­ry, dark­ness in­to light;
Glad hal­le­luj­ah sing on this morn,
For our Sav­ior king is born.


Oh! star of beau­ty, light up the way;
Where thy glo­ry shin­eth from the gates of day:
And in our hearts this bright Christ­mas morn,
May our Lord and king be born.