Scripture Verse

Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.@Matthew 2:2

Introduction

Words: Lydia A. Coon­ley, 1895. Ap­peared in In Ex­cel­sis, 8th ed­i­tion (New York: Cen­tu­ry Com­pa­ny, 1900), num­ber 94. Note: This hym­nal gives the au­thor as L. A. Coon­ley. The au­thor’s full name is giv­en as Ly­dia Av­e­ry Coonl­ey in the Kin­der­gar­ten Ma­ga­zine (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Kin­der­gar­ten Li­ter­a­ture Com­pa­ny), Vol­ume 8, num­ber 4, De­cem­ber 1895, page 283.

Music: Oak Park Will­iam A. Bart­lett (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Lydia A. A. C. Ward
(1845–1924)

Lyrics

A shining star came from afar,
Upon a snowy morn;
An angel near sang Do not fear,
Behold! a child is born.

An angel near sang Do not fear,
Behold! a child is born.

Sweet Christmas then was giv’n to men
To bless the winter wild,
Since in a stall the Lord of all
Became a little child.
Since in a stall the Lord of all
Became a little child.

All hail that morn when Christ was born!
Wreathe holly, pine and bay,
Let children sing, let carols ring
To bless our Christmas day,
Let children sing, let carols ring
To bless our Christmas day.