Scripture Verse

Not one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:18


Words: Anon­y­mous, in Christ­mas Min­strel­sy, by Jo­seph Will­iams (Lon­don & Man­ches­ter, Eng­land: No­vel­lo & Brem­ner, 1864), num­ber 13, alt.

Music: Mid­dle­ham (Smith) S. Smith, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor or com­pos­er’s full name, or where to get good pic­tures of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Oh! had I the voice of
An angel to sing
Of the joys that are brightest on earth,
I would sing of the blessings
And comforts that spring
From Messiah’s miraculous birth.

What the law and the psalms,
And the prophets of old,
In full many a marvelous way,
To the fathers foreshadowed,
Or plainly foretold,
Are the wonders that meet us today.

Not a jot or a tittle
Of Scripture shall fail;
In the Lord’s holy book it is proved,
That He is the Savior,
Whose advent we hail,
Our God, to be worshipped and loved.

Son of God, Son of man,
David’s son, David’s Lord,
Full of mercy, yet righteous and just,
The truths that shine forth in
Thine own written word,
I receive with submission and trust.

As the angels from Heav’n
Were sent down to proclaim,
Good news on this glorious morn,
And shepherds and sages
All joyfully came
To the stable where Jesus was born.

Let me copy the angels
In reverence and love,
With the shepherds obedient be found;
And, guiding my way by
The light from above,
Like the wise in true knowledge abound.