Scripture Verse

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


Words: Will­iam W. Hull, 1851.

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

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hull (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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.