There shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:10
Words: Edward Caswall (1814–1878).
Music: Frenchman Mountain Herbert S. Irons, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Irons (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
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.