The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.@Luke 2:10

E. Has­kins, in The Cho­ral Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by S. La­sar (New York: Big­low & Main, 1888).

Hen­ry G. Trem­bath (1843–1908) (🔊 pdf nwc)

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Henry G. Trembath
(1843–1908)

Good Christian people all,
A merry Christmas day;
Hark how the bells do call!
Arise and come away!

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Come see the wondrous thing
The angels’ lips reveal!
And let the joy-bells ring
A welcome to the newborn King,
With a merry, merry Christmas peal,
With a merry Christmas peal,
Noel! Noel! Noel!
Let all upon the earth that dwell,
Sing praises to Emmanuel:
Noel! Noel! Noel!

Oh, praise the King of Heav’n!
For on this blessèd morn
To us a son is giv’n,
To us a child is born!

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Springs forth a fruitful rod
From Jesse’s royal stem,
And Christ, incarnate God,
Is born at Bethlehem.

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Enwrapt in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid,
Behold Him, by whose hands
The heav’ns and earth were made.

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