Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


William F. Sherwin (1826–1888)

Words: Cla­ra L. Shat­tuck, in Song Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by Lu­ther O. Em­er­son & Will­iam Sher­win (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1884), num­ber 72.

Music: San Ra­fa­el Will­iam F. Sher­win (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Shat­tuck (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Tell, O tell the Christ­mas sto­ry,
Children who to Christ be­long!
Give to God the Fa­ther glo­ry—
All cre­ation swell the song!


Tell, O tell the Christ­mas sto­ry,
Tell it with ex­ult­ing voice!
Christ is born, the Lord of glo­ry;
Christ is come, let earth re­joice!

Tell of shep­herds who were fright­ed
By a shin­ing host that sang
News of joy to men be­night­ed,
While the list­en­ing mid­night rang.


Tell the story of the man­ger,
Of the Child and of His star;
Tell of Egypt’s flight from dan­ger;
Tell of wise men from afar.


Ah, but first in all your tell­ing
Be the love of God to men!
Hail! Im­ma­nu­el, with us dwell­ing,
Sound the note of praise again!


The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)