Scripture Verse

It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed…and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. Luke 2:1–3


Daniel T. Niles (1908–1970)

Words: Da­ni­el T. Niles (1908–1970).

Music: Ko­rea Ko­re­an carol (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when this hymn was writ­ten,


On a day when men were count­ed,
God be­came the Son of Man,
That His name in ev­ery cen­sus
Should be en­tered was His plan.
God, the Lord of all cre­ation,
Humbly takes a crea­ture’s place;
He whose form no man has wit­nessed
Has to­day a human face.

On a night, while si­lent shep­herds
Watched their flocks up­on the plain,
Came a mes­sage with its sum­mons
Brought by song of an­gel train:
Lo, in Beth­lehem’s lit­tle vil­lage
Has ar­rived the shep­herd King,
And each shepherd to his mas­ter
Must his sheep as of­fer­ing bring.

When there shone the star of Da­vid
In the span­gled east­ern sky,
Kings ar­rived to pay their hom­age
To the Christ, the Lord most high.
Yet not all, for lo, there sound­eth
Through the streets a fear­ful cry;
For a king who will not wor­ship
Has de­creed that Christ must die.

Yet it’s Christ­mas, and we greet Him,
Coming ev­en now to save;
For the Lord of our sal­va­tion
Was not cap­tive to the grave.
Out of Egypt came the Sav­ior,
Man’s Im­ma­nu­el to be—
Christmas shines with East­er glo­ry,
Glory of eter­ni­ty.

Flight into Egypt
Fiasella Domenico (1589–1669)