Shepherds, hail the wondrous stranger!
Now to Bethl’em speed your way;
Lo! in yonder humble manger,
Christ the Lord is born today.
Christ, by prophets long predicted,
Joy of Israel’s chosen race;
Light to Gentiles long afflicted,
Lost in error’s darkest maze.
Bright the star of your salvation,
Pointing to His rude abode!
Rapturous news for every nation—
Mortals, now behold your God!
Glad we trace th’amazing story,
Angels leave their bliss to tell;
Theme sublime, replete with glory,
Sinners saved from death and hell.
Love eternal moved the Savior,
Thus to lay His radiance by;
Blessings to the Lamb for ever,
Glory be to God on high.