Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

Words: Miss C. L. Jack­son, in Chants, ca­rols and Tunes, by John C. Hol­lis­ter (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1865), num­ber 27. Pos­si­bly the au­thor is Frank M. Da­vis, who used C. L. Jack­son as a pseu­do­nym.

Music: As­ma­ra Fran­cis H. Nash, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Francis H. Nash (1811–1879)

Lyrics

Sing sweet ca­rols, Christ is born,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Sing sweet songs for Christ­mas morn,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Hear the an­gels’ song afar,
As it floats from star to star,
As it floats from star to star,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!

Sing they now as once of old,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Striking on their harps of gold,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Children, join your Christ­mas hymn
With the chant­ing se­ra­phim,
With the chant­ing se­ra­phim,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!

Through the si­lent skies afar,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
See His bright and shin­ing star,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
As it shone long years ago,
On Ju­dea’s hills of snow,
On Ju­dea’s hills of snow,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!

Jesus, once a lit­tle child,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Guide us by Thy Spir­it mild,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!
Till our Christ­mas songs we sing
In the ci­ty of our king,
In the ci­ty of our king,
Glory, hal­le­lu­jah!