Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Ar­thur F. M. Cus­tance, in The Church Hym­nal Re­vised, ed­it­ed by Charles L. Hutch­ins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1920), num­ber 652.

Music: To­ke­lau, an­cient Her­e­ford­shire tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur F. M. Custance
(1867–1926)

Lyrics

Long years ago, on Christmas morn
The Savior of mankind was born;
And angels caroled at His birth,
Good will to men; peace on the earth.

Now after years of gloom and strife,
The Christ Child brings us love and life,
Bids hatred end and warfare cease
In world-wide brotherhood and peace.

O Holy Child, this Christmas morn,
Once more within our hearts be born.
Blest angels, chant your songs again,
On earth be peace, goodwill to men.