Bethlehem Ephrathah…out of you will come for Me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.@Micah 5:2

Traditional French carol; translated from French to English by George K. Evans, 1963 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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He is born, the holy Child,
Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the holy Child,
Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Through long ages of the past,
Prophets have foretold His coming;
Through long ages of the past,
Now the time has come at last!

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O how lovely, O how pure
Is this perfect Child of Heaven;
O how lovely, O how pure
Gracious gift to humankind!

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Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Coming as a Child among us,
Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Grant to us Thy heavenly peace.

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