Scripture Verse

The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory. Psalm 97:6

Introduction

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Michael Praetorius
(1571–1621)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Christ’s in­car­na­tion.

Music: Pu­er No­bis Nas­ci­tur Tri­er, Ger­ma­ny, 15th Cen­tu­ry. Adapt­ed by Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609. Har­mo­ny by George R. Wood­ward, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Lyrics

The Lord is come; the heav’ns proclaim
His birth; the nations learn His name;
An unknown star directs the road
Of eastern sages to their God.

All ye bright armies of the skies,
Go, worship where the Savior lies;
Angels and kings before Him bow,
Those gods on high and gods below.

Let idols totter to the ground,
And their own worshippers confound;
But Judah shout, but Zion sing,
And earth confess her sovereign king.