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

Mary A. Jevons, Sonnets and Other Poems, Chiefly Devotional (London: Simpkin, Marshall and Company, 1845), pages 51-52.

Frances James McGranahan, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James McGranahan (1840-1907)

O let your mingling voices rise
In grateful rapture to the skies,
And hail a Savior’s birth;
Let songs of joy the day proclaim,
When Jesus all-triumphant came,
To bless the sons of earth.

He comes to bid the weary rest,
To heal the sinner’s wounded breast,
To bind the broken heart;
To spread the light of truth around,
And to the world’s remotest bound
The heavenly gift impart.

He comes our sinking souls to save,
From sin, from sorrow, and the grave,
And chase our fears away;
Triumphant over death and time,
To lead us to a happier clime,
Where reigns eternal day.

Then let your mingling voices rise,
In grateful rapture to the skies,
And hail a Savior’s birth;
Let songs of joy the day proclaim,
When Jesus all-triumphant came,
To bless the sons of earth.