I bring you good tidings of great joy.@Luke 2:10

William C. Dix, in Church Times, circa 1865.

Gaudete Samuel Smith, in Church Hymns with Tunes, edited by Arthur S. Sullivan (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874), number 83 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William C. Dix (1837-1898)

Joy fills our inmost hearts today!
The royal Child is born:
And angel hosts in glad array
His advent keep this morn.

Rejoice, rejoice! Th’incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell;
No sweeter sound than this is heard
Emmanuel!

Low at the cradle throne we bend,
We wonder and adore;
And feel no bliss can ours transcend,
No joy was sweet before.

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For us the world must lose its charms
Before the manger shrine,
When, folded in Thy mother’s arms,
We see Thee, Babe divine.

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Thou Light of uncreated Light,
Shine on us, holy Child;
That we may keep Thy birthday bright,
With service undefiled.

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