Scripture Verse

For unto us a child is born…the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

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George F. Root
1820–1895

Words: Fred­er­ick L. Hos­mer, in The ca­rol, ed­it­ed by Charles W. Wendte (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1886), page 149, alt.

Music: Te­le­mark George F. Root, from his can­ta­ta Un­der the Palms, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Frederick L. Hosmer
1840–1929

Lyrics

With joy we greet thy glad re­turn,
O hap­py day! O hap­py day!
Whereon the Prince of Peace was born,
Happy Christ­mas day!
Outside the winds of win­ter blow,
On Christ­mas day! On Christ­mas day!
But bright with­in the fire­sides glow,
Happy Christ­mas day!
Then bay and pine with hol­ly twine,
O hap­py day! O hap­py day!
High ov­er all thy fes­tiv­al,
Happy Christ­mas day!

From heart to heart the greet­ings flow,
On Christ­mas day! On Christ­mas day!
As up and down the peo­ple go,
Happy Christ­mas day!
Within, the trees are blos­som­ing,
O hap­py day! O hap­py day!
All bright with Love’s eter­nal spring,
Happy Christ­mas day!
While hut and hall keep fes­tiv­al,
On Christ­mas day! On Christ­mas day!
And crown with cheer the wan­ing year!
Happy Christ­mas day!

Nor time shall dim our love for Him,
O hap­py day! O hap­py day!
Whose low­ly birth gave joy to earth,
Happy Christ­mas day!
Still shines for us the star that led,
O ha­ppy day! O hap­py day!
The ma­gi to the man­ger-bed,
Happy Christ­mas day!
And grows more clear with ev­ery year,
O hap­py day! O hap­py day!
The joy­ful word the shep­herds head,
Happy Christ­mas day!