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
Horace L. Hastings (1831–1899)

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

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

Abraham D. Merrill (1796–1878)

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.