Scripture Verse

Bethlehem Ephratah, 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

Introduction

Words: Will­iam Wood, in Christ­mas Min­strel­sy, by Jo­seph Will­iams (Lon­don & Man­ches­ter, Eng­land: No­vel­lo & Brem­ner, 1864), num­ber 74.

Music: Or­an­more, ar­ranged by Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Henry J. Gauntlett
(1805–1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

David’s city dimly lies
On the hills of Judah,
Darker grow the evening skies,
And the blast blows ruder;
Hasten to the city gate,
Joseph, ere it be too late,
Here and there still shines a light,
Seek a shelter from the night.

Silence reigns on hill and lea,
Silent Bethl’em’s fountains,
Silent lies the distant sea,
Under Moab’s mountains;
In the town upon the steep,
Wearied travelers lay asleep,
When the shepherds, from the sky,
Heard the angels’ voices cry.

For the silence of the night,
All the heav’ns are ringing,
For the darkness angels bright
Christmas anthems singing:
Never shall the light grow dim,
Never cease that joyous hymn;
Let the ransomed ones reply,
Glory be to God on high!