Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10


Words & Mu­sic: W. Gil­bert (Wal­ter B. Gil­bert?), in Ca­rols New and Ca­rols Old, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 82 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Gil­bert’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Sing we now of joy and gladness,
Christ our king come down to earth,
Frees mankind from pain and sadness
Hail th’incarnate Savior’s birth.
List, angelic strains are streaming
Through the Orient skies;
Look, celestial light is beaming
On the wondering shepherds’ eyes.

Haste we, then, this birthday morning,
To the Bethlehem cattle shed;
Heed we not, tho’ scant adorning
Deck the lowly manger bed;
Though man’s fleshly form He weareth,
In His birthplace bare,
He th’eternal kingdom shareth;
Christ Himself is cradled there.

Offer we in plenteous measure
Gold and gem and costly spice;
If our hearts attend our treasure
He’ll accept the sacrifice:
If to Him our life be given,
Raised from earth our eyes,
He will grant us rest in Heaven,
In His rest—in paradise.