Gently falls the winter snow,
Earth lies silently below,
While the tender Plant appears,
Promised long by holy seers.
Hail the ever blessèd morn,
Hail the day that Christ was born;
Tell it thro’ Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
He who built the starry skies
Low within a manger lies,
Stooping from His throne sublime
High above the cherubim.
Say, ye wondering shepherds, say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have you left your sheep?
Wherefore fail your watch to keep?
As we watched at dead of night
Lo! we saw a wondrous sight—
Peace on earth,
Telling of the Savior’s birth.
Haste we now to greet God’s Child,
Watch His face so meek and mild,
Learn the love of Heaven to see
In our Lord’s humility.