Scripture Verse

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Introduction

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Benjamin C. Unseld
(1843–1923)

Words: Mar­tha M. New­ton, 1898. Ap­peared in The Voice of Me­lo­dy, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund S. Lor­enz (Day­ton, Ohio: Unit­ed Breth­ren Pub­lish­ing House, 1899), num­ber 168.

Music: Ben­ja­min C. Un­seld (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of New­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Christmas time has come at last,
All our cares aside we cast,
Now let every heart be glad and gay;
All our friends and kindred dear,
We would gladly welcome here,
On this long expected Christmas day.

Refrain

Oh, day of joy and gladness,
Strew happiness around,
Oh, banish care and sadness,
Let peace and love abound;
Christmas time has come at last,
All our cares aside we cast,
Now let every heart be glad and gay.

Gifts from friends so true and kind
Heart to heart more firmly bind,
We would thank you for your gifts today.
God approves you from above,
Who in peace and joy and love
Doth unselfish tho’ts and acts repay.

Refrain

If we unto others give,
We’ll be happy while we live;
’Tis more blest to give than to receive;
Let us charity display,
Cast all selfishness away,
Strive earth’s want and sorrow to relieve.

Refrain