Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

Words: Jean Mau­burn, 15th Cen­tu­ry (O Ter Fæ­cun­das, O Ter Ju­cun­das). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­win C. Lea­ton-Blen­kin­sopp in Ly­ra Mes­si­a­ni­ca, ed­it­ed by Or­by Ship­ley (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1864), pag­es 76–77.

Music: Eag­ley James Walch, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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illustration
Nativity Scene
Perstorps Kyrka, Sweden

Lyrics

Thrice joyful night, with blessings dight,
Which saw the Savior’s birth;
From Heaven high my God is nigh
To calm the woes of earth.

When Eve’s sad fall had, like a pall,
Enshrouded all our race,
As man He came, for man to claim
A light for earth’s dark face.

Th’eternal Light, the Godhead bright,
In swathing bands they fold;
The King of all in lowly stall
The ox and ass behold.

Th’almighty Word whom hosts adored
A silent Infant lay;
The sun grows old, its beam falls cold;
What mean these marvels? Say!