Scripture Verse

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12


Thomas Kelly

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns Not Be­fore Publ­ished (Dub­lin: Tho­mas John­ston, 1815), num­ber 1.

Music: Co­ro­nae Will­iam H. Monk, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William H. Monk


Christ is born, go tell the story,
Tell the nations of His birth:
Tell them that the Lord of glory
Comes from Heav’n to dwell on earth:
Let the tidings
Fill the world with sacred mirth.

See, He lies in yonder manger:
Prince of Life His title is,
Midst His own, and yet a stranger,
All things seen and unseen His.
Yet neglected:
Wonder, O ye heav’ns, at this.

See fulfilled, prophetic vision,
Unto us a child is born;
Though an object of derision,
Though the theme of human scorn:
Yet His people
Hail His birth, and cease to mourn.

Hail Emmanuel, child of promise,
Lord of all, in humble guise;
Long detained, and absent from us,
Come at length to bless our eyes:
Hail Emmanuel!
God the Savior, only wise!