Scripture Verse

The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11

Introduction

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Horace L. Hastings
(1831–1899)

Words: Pos­sib­ly by Hor­ace L. Hast­ings, 1886. Pub­lished in his Songs of Pil­grim­age, se­cond ed­i­tion (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Scrip­tu­ral Tract Re­pos­i­to­ry, 1888), num­ber 1380.

Music: New­kirk Ab­ra­ham D. Mer­rill, 1845 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Abraham D. Merrill
(1796–1878)

Lyrics

Glad was the message, and joyous the strain,
Brought to the shepherds on Bethlehem’s plain;
Chanted by angels who came from above
Bearing glad tidings of mercy and love;
Bringing good news to the nations of earth,
News of a Savior, whose glorious birth
Gave to this sad world a message of peace,
Bidding its woe and its warfare to cease.

Lo! in the manger the Savior is laid;
Earth has no refuge, no place for His head;
Sojourner, stranger, and wanderer here,
Dark was His lot, and His pilgrimage drear;
But in His mercy and kindness He came,
Seeking to win us from sorrow and shame;
Bidding the troubled to come and be blessed;
Calling the way-worn and weary to rest.

Oh, may we ponder and keep in our mind
God’s wondrous mercy in saving mankind;
Sending His Son who, in seeking the lost,
Lay in the manger and hung on the cross;
Following Him, by His help and His grace,
We shall be with Him and gaze on His face;
Then with the ransomed and glorified throng,
We shall adore Him with harp and with song.