Scripture Verse

The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. Matthew 2:9

Introduction

Words: Fro­nie B. Turn­er, in The Shin­ing Ri­ver, ed­it­ed by Hen­ry S. Per­kins & Will­iam Per­kins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1875), num­ber 21.

Music: North­moor Will­iam O. Per­kins, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Once more, with songs of rapture,
We greet this holy day,
And low before our Savior
Our grateful homage pay;
The star of light and glory
With heav’nly radiance shone,
And to the waiting people
The infant Christ made known.

Refrain

Carol, carol, merrily,
Before the newborn King;
Joyful, joyful, in the air,
Our Christmas praises ring.

As on that starlit evening,
Long centuries ago,
The wise men humbly followed,
His resting place to know;
Lo, we in faith receiving
This priceless gift of love,
Like them are pressing forward,
Like them look up above!

Refrain

O sing, ye hosts of Heaven!
Take up the glad refrain!
A king to us is given,
Forevermore to reign;
Rejoice, with songs of gladness,
O all ye sons of men!
And let no fear or sadness
E’er fill your hearts again.

Refrain