Scripture Verse

A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14


Words: An­na H. Mer­cur, The Christ­mas Star (New York: A. E. Chas­mar, 1882), pag­es 3–5.

Music: Ew­ing Al­ex­an­der Ew­ing, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Me­rcur or Ew­ing (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Immanuel, God with us!
Bow down, ye heavens, today!
Behold a wondrous glory,
The star of Bethlehem’s ray!
For angels have descended
With message from on high;
Let all the earth keep silence,
Redemption draweth nigh!

Strange sight for men and angels!
Lo! the effulgent light
Which led the holy magi
Rests on Judean height!
Stopped in its course celestial,
O’er lowly cattle shed,
Its heavenly beams illumine
An infant’s manger bed.

O earth, with all thy kingdoms,
Was there no other place
Wherein to welcome Jesus,
The Lord of life and grace?
No room in royal palace?
No spot within the inn
To shield the Word made human—
The God-man without sin?

To make men priests and monarchs,
Joint heirs with Him on high,
The Logos consubstantial
Descendeth from the sky.
Leaving the Father’s brightness,
Leaving His throne of flame,
He comes a helpless infant,
To suffer grief and shame.

Depth of humiliation!
Love passing all degree!
Thus to restore to mortals
Their immortality!
Henceforth the race shall triumph,
And foil the serpent’s art:
The laws of stone on Sinai
Be written on the heart!

All hail! angelic heralds
Proclaiming peace on earth!
Hail! gracious star of promise,
Sign of a Savior’s birth!
Lift up thy gates, O Zion!
Sing, everlasting hills!
Joy for the God incarnate
The whole creation fills!