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

Thomas Gallaudet, in Chants, Carols and Tunes: A Supplement to the Sunday School Service and Tune Book, compiled by John C. Hollister (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1865), page 19, alt.

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Thomas Gallaudet (1822-1902)

The Savior of this sinful world
Was born today;
In Bethlehem God’s only Son,
An infant lay.
The angel choirs sang songs of praise
To usher in this Day of days.

The virgin Mary swathed her boy
With tender care,
And placed Him in the manger low,
To slumber there.
While angel choirs sang songs of praise
To usher in this Day of days.

The midnight watchers with their flocks
Great glory saw,
And trembling at the wondrous scene,
Bowed down with awe,
While angel choirs sang songs of praise
To usher in this Day of days.

The shepherds quickly went their way,
And found the Child;
What wonder did their story cause
The mother mild,
As th’angels rose to Heaven with praise
To celebrate this Day of days.

Since then long years have rolled away,
And round the earth
Has oft been sung by myriad tongues
This glorious birth.
Come, Christians all, and swell the praise
That ushers in the Day of days.