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.

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!
Without 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!