Scripture Verse

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. 1 Chronicles 16:31

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), num­ber 252.

Music: C. Har­old Low­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kirk­land (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Low­den,

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Carl H. Lowden
1883–1963

Lyrics

Sing out your gladsome carols,
Set all the echoes ringing!
Welcome the joyous season,
Welcome it now with singing.
Light in the midst of darkness,
Coming from realms of day;
Hail to the King of Glory,
’Neath the star He lay!

Refrain

Welcome! welcome!
Joyous Christ­mas season!
All thy gladness hath a blessèd reason.
Welcome! welcome!
Joyous Christ­mas season!
Rich with blessings from above!

Up from the lowly manger,
Tell out the wondrous story!
Jesus who brought sal­va­tion,
Dwells in His home in glo­ry.
Looks with His love unceasing,
Down to the Christ­mas earth;
O let Him see increasing,
Faith in His great worth!

Refrain

Memory so sweet and precious,
Christ in a manger dwelling!
Born in a lowly stable,
Coming from light excelling!
Seeking that lowest station,
Henceforth that all might know,
How He who brought sal­va­tion,
Came God’s love to show.

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