I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.@Luke 2:10

Harvey W. Loomis, in Christmas Carols and Hymns, edited by Hollis E. Dann (New York: American Book Company, 1910), page 63.

Mariners, Sicilian melody (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Harvey W. Loomis (1865-1930)

Soft white snowflakes, gently falling,
Who has sent thee from the sky?
Down on earth, my sisters, calling,
Bid me leave the clouds on high.

Sweet, soft music, like a flower,
What has brought thy cadence here?
Silver bells within the tower,
Sent me forth the world to cheer.

Star of evening, steadfast gleaming,
Who has placed thy light above?
I keep watch o’er children dreaming;
God has kindled me with love.