Scripture Verse

Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2


William S. B. Mathews

Words & Mu­sic: Will­iam S. B. Math­ews, in Pri­ma­ry Songs, ed­it­ed by Mrs. D. C. Cook (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Da­vid C. Cook, 1878), num­ber 51 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Long ago on Christmas night,
Shepherds saw the heav’nly light,
Heard the song of angels bright,
Christ was born at Bethlehem.


Christ our king, Christ our king
Every voice His praise shall sing;
Jesus Christ our Lord and king,
Came that day to Bethlehem.

Quick to Bethlehem, they, to see
What the angels’ joy could be;
Lo! for love of you and me,
Christ was born at Bethlehem.


Come with them to sacred stall,
On our knees with wise men fall;
Savior, king and Lord of all,
Christ was born at Bethlehem.