Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

Words: Flo­ra Kirk­land, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 1, by Is­aac H. Me­re­dith, Grant C. Tul­lar & Jo­seph W. Ler­man (New York: Tul­lar-Mer­e­dith, 1903), num­bers 114 & 253.

Music: How­ard E. Smith (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kirk­land (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Howard E. Smith
(1863–1918)

Lyrics

Shining out of darkness,
Came the Christmas time,
With light sublime, with light sublime;
Glory-light from Heaven
Thrilled the sleeping earth,
The holy night of Jesus’ birth.
Memories of that glory seem to linger still—
To linger still, o’er vale and hill;
Stars of Christmas ever seem
More bright, more clear,
Than any star throughout the year.

Refrain

Glory-light came streaming
From the court of Heav’n
When Christ—God’s gift to earth—was giv’n;
Shining Christmas tapers, gleam in every clime,
In memory of that Light sublime.

Shining o’er the manger
Where the Christ Child slept,
A star most bright its vigil kept;
Seen afar, all silently it showed the world
The banner fair of love unfurled.
Wondrous star of Bethle’em town,
So large, so bright,
O guiding light! O guiding light!
Lead us all to seek the King of kings tonight;
Thou guiding star so bright, so bright!

Refrain

Shepherds on the hillside
Heard a mighty voice,
A voice that bade the world rejoice;
Fear not! rang the message!
Ring it out again!
The angels brought good news to men.
Glory in the highest! hosts of angels sang,
Till all the courts of Heaven rang;
Glory in the highest! how it echoes still
That cradle song of Bethle’em’s hill.

Refrain