Scripture Verse

They came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

Introduction

portrait
Felice de Giardini
(1716–1796)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Will­iam C. Wil­bor, Ode to Ni­a­ga­ra and Oth­er Po­ems (New York: Ea­ton & Mains, 1911), page 26, alt.

Music: It­al­i­an Hymn Fe­li­ce de Gi­ar­di­ni, in The Col­lect­ion of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Cha­pel of the Lock Hos­pi­tal, 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

To Christ in Bethlehem
Joyful the wise men came,
Led by the star;
Kneeling in reverent prayer,
Rich gifts they offered there:
Frankincense, gold, and myrrh,
Brought from afar.

To Christ in manger laid
Shepherds their homage paid,
By angels sent;
Leaving their flock afield,
Their service glad to yield,
To wondering men revealed
His great advent.

In every circling year,
Are told the tidings dear
Of star and song;
To Christ, our glorious king,
Our hearts and gifts we bring,
Join all His name to sing,
His praise prolong.