Scripture Verse

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.@Luke 2:11

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
(1856–1932)

Words: Liz­zie De­Ar­mond, 1911.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el. Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as J. C. Will­iams, one of Ga­bri­el’s pseu­do­nyms (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lizzie DeArmond
(1847–1936)

Lyrics

Hasten, loyal mortals,
Onward to the star,
See its beams of glory
Beckon from afar;
Past, the night of splendor,
Dawns the promised morn;
Come rejoicing, praises voicing,
Christ is born.

Refrain

Marching forward,
Following the star,
Shining, beaming
Brightly gleaming
From the eastern skies afar;
Joyful praises singing all the way!
Swell the sweet undying
Song of Christmas Day.

March with joy and gladness,
Countless voices ring,
Angels high in glory
Worshipping the King;
Hail the Child of blessing,
Joy of all the earth;
Watch-fires gleaming,
Starlight beaming,
Greet His birth.

Refrain

Hasten, loyal mortals,
Seek the manger shrine,
Bring your precious treasures
To the Lord divine;
Soon the great Messiah
Shall your eyes behold;
Homage render, sweet and tender,
Love’s pure gold.

Refrain