Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:14

William H. Ruddiman, 1879.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

Welcome to the merry, merry Christmas time,
Gladsome with melodious flow;
Sending out the music of its hopes sublime,
Charming all the earth below.
Day of Heav’n’s imparted peace,
May we feel thy joys divine increase;
Catching still the beams of that clear morn
When our infant Lord was born.

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Golden bells, chime on, chime on,
Chime with tuneful ring!
Ring! ring! bring! bring!
Greetings to our Savior King!

Welcome to the merry, merry Christmas time,
Teeming with goodwill to man,
Sweet as with the odors of an Eden clime,
Chief in God’s redeeming plan.
Man’s salvation is thy cheer,
Thou hast banished sin’s enslaving fear,
Scattering the gloom beneath thy ray,
From the Savior’s natal day.

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Happy be our greetings to the Christmas time,
Brighter than with Bethlehem’s star,
O’er the world rejoicing sounds its richest chime,
Now its splendors blaze afar;
See the dead come forth to life,
And the reign of love o’er-master strife;
Glory in the highest be the song
Unto God from every tongue.

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