Scripture Verse

Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

Introduction

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John H. Tenney
(1840–1918)

Words: Ed­en R. Lat­ta, in The Bea­con Light, by John Ten­ney & Eli­sha A. Hof­fman (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1881), pag­es 104–05.

Music: John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Eden R. Latta
(1839–1915)

Lyrics

Merry, merry Christmas, full of cheer,
To our happy spirits welcome here!
Joyfully together now we meet;
With the best of wishes all we greet;
Many are the vows of friendship true,
On this day so sacred pledged anew;
Many are the gifts of love we bring,
While for very gladness now we sing.

Refrain

Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas,
Welcome here!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry Christmas!
Welcome here!
[Repeat]

Merry, merry Christmas, full of glee,
To our happy homes we welcome thee!
From the lofty steeple ring the bell!
Let the gentle tones of music swell!
Joyfully together we will sing,
And to our Redeemer tribute bring;
Bring the deepest love our hearts can give,
Unto Him who died that we might live.

Refrain

Merry, merry Christmas, dawns once more;
Let us with the Magi now adore!
O the ever blessèd Christmas day,
When within the manger Jesus lay,
And the wondering shepherds on the plain,
Listened to the joyous angel strain;
Listened to the story, now so old,
Of the Savior’s birth, so long foretold!

Refrain