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. Luke 2:10


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

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

If you know Has­kins’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Henry G. Trembath (1843–1908)


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


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!


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


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