I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.@Luke 2:11–12
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Archibald Kenyon (1813–1890)

Archibald Kenyon, in the Royal Diadem (New York/Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1873), page 30.

Stoke-on-Trent Robert Lowry, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

O list to the notes of the song as it floats
O’er Bethlehem’s beautiful plains;
Yes, hear the glad shout of the joy that rings out
In sweetest of angelic strains.
O fear ye not, shepherds, the wondrous display,
Glad tidings to you they now bring;
There’s born in the city of David today
A Savior, your Lord and your king.

To God in the highest all glory and praise,
Both peace and good-will among men;
In songs of salvation our voices we raise,
And Heaven re-echoes again.
Go herald the tidings, go, tell them afar,
Proclaim the glad story of love;
Bright hopes for the perishing nations there are,
Of crowns and of mansions above.