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

William W. Hull, 1851.

St. George’s Windsor George J. Elvey, 1858 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George J. Elvey (1816-1893)
© National Portrait Gallery

Mercy triumphs, Christ is born,
Seraphs hail this happy morn;
Echo loud their solemn cry,
Glory be to God on high!
Praise to God, and peace on earth,
Such the tidings of His birth;
Him we worship, Him we bless,
Prince of peace and righteousness.

Promised branch of Jesse’s stem,
Christ is born at Bethlehem;
We have pardon, we have peace,
Darkness, guilt and terror cease.
Light and mercy cheer the tomb,
Hallelujah! Christ is come;
Let all earth’s redeemèd cry,
Glory be to God on high!

Son of man, He murmured not,
Bore with us, and shared our lot.
Son of God, we know Him well,
By each sign the prophets tell.
His the love to feel our woe,
His the might to quell our foe:
Unto Him in earth and Heaven
Be all praise and honor given.