Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

portrait
Edward Caswall
(1814–1878)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Ed­ward Cas­wall (1814–1878).

Music: French­man Moun­tain Her­bert S. Ir­ons, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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illustration
Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst (1590–1656)

Lyrics

Gently falls the winter snow,
Earth lies silently below,
While the tender Plant appears,
Promised long by holy seers.

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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.

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Say, ye wondering shepherds, say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have you left your sheep?
Wherefore fail your watch to keep?

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As we watched at dead of night
Lo! we saw a wondrous sight—
Angels singing Peace on earth,
Telling of the Savior’s birth.

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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.

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