Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:14

F. E. Pettingell, 1890. Appeared in Fair as the Morning, edited by John H. Kurzenknabe & William W. Bentley (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: J. H. Kurzenknabe & Sons, 1891), number 92.

Ezurum John H. Kurzenknabe, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John H. Kurzenknabe (1840-1927)

O blessèd day of days!
We hail thy gladsome rays.
O day of Jesus’ birth,
Of peace, good will to earth!
We praise the Father’s love
Who sent Him from above
Our joys and griefs to share,
Our chequered lives to wear.

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Then wake the cheerful song;
With buoyant step draw near,
And join the waiting throng
Who in His courts appear.

O blessèd day of days!
The grateful heart obeys
The call of tuneful bell,
And hastes with joy to swell
The chorus of His praise,
The fervent prayer to raise
That peace, good will on earth
May crown the Savior’s birth.

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O blessèd day of days!
The watchful eye surveys
The woes and wants of life,
Its contests and its strife,
And longs to see and know
The Christmas light and glow;
On earth good will and peace
Forevermore increase.

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