Scripture Verse

She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

Introduction

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Harrison Millard (1830–1895)

Words & Mu­sic: Har­ris­on Mil­lard, The Chap­let of Or­ig­in­al Hymns and Songs (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: G. D. Rus­sell, 1873), num­ber 54 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

In the low­ly man­ger ly­ing,
See, the love­ly Babe ap­pears!
Round Him beams the light un­dy­ing,
And His smile thro’ dark­ness cheers!

Refrain

Angels wake the bless­èd cho­rus,
Lo! the night hath passed away!
See, the King who reign­eth o’er us
Was a babe on Christ­mas day!

Wond’ring shep­herds watch­ing night­ly,
Saw the star above them shine,
And it led them, gleam­ing bright­ly,
To the Lord of love di­vine!

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Tell the sweet and won­drous sto­ry,
How the Son of God on high,
Left His home of peace and glo­ry,
In the realms be­yond the sky!

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Sing of how He came to mor­tals
Thro’ His love and kind­li­ness!
How He op­ened Heav’n’s bright por­tals,
All His child­ren there to bless!

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