Scripture Verse

Where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2


Louis F. Benson

Words: Lou­is F. Ben­son, 1921.

Music: Bis Will­kom­men Jo­hann C. Kit­tel, 1790 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Johann C. Kittel


A king might miss the guiding star,
A wise man’s foot might stumble;
For Bethlehem is very far
From all except the humble.
’Tis Christmas Day! ’Tis Christmas Day!
And Christian hearts are humble.

Some pilgrims seek a hallowed shrine;
Some soldiers march to danger;
Some travelers seek an inn—its sign
The Baby in a manger.
When Christ was born on Christmas morn,
They laid Him in a manger.

There is no palace in that place,
Nor any seat of learning,
No hilltop vision of God’s face,
No altar candles burning:
O come and see our Christmas tree
And Christmas candles burning.

But he who gets to Bethlehem
Shall hear the oxen lowing;
And, if he humbly kneel with them,
May catch far trumpets blowing;
From far away, on Christmas Day,
May hear God’s trumpets blowing.