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: James Ba­den Pow­ell, in A Hym­nal and Ser­vice Book, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1893), num­ber 556.

Music: Ja­ma Cam­pay James Ba­den Pow­ell (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ba­den Pow­ell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Hark! how the bells at mid­night hour,
Telling their tale from tow­er to tow­er,
Bringing glad tid­ings to the morn,
Merrily are ring­ing, Christ is born.

Hark to the songs of hea­ven­ly love
Angels are hymn­ing from above;
Hark! as again we hear them sing,
Glory in the high­est; Christ is King!

Hail to the King! who comes so meek,
Hail to the Child! so poor, so weak,
Hail to the Son! our God, the Word,
Alleluia! praise ye Christ, the Lord.

Come, Chris­tians, come and joy­ous greet
Jesus, the Child; with wel­come meet;
Bringing sal­va­tion, born for you—
Laud Him then with hearts and voic­es true.