Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Thomas L. Harris
1823–1906

Words: Tho­mas L. Har­ris, Hymns of Spi­ri­tu­al De­vo­tion (New York: New Church Pub­lish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, 1857), num­ber 33.

Music: Ma­no­ah ar­ranged from Giao­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni in Col­lec­tion of Church Mu­sic, by Hen­ry W. Grea­tor­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Giaochino A. Rossini
1792–1868

Lyrics

Upon Judea’s midnight plains
The shepherds watched of old;
When lo! from Heaven, seraphic strains
Of joy and triumph rolled.

Now dawns the blissful advent morn,
With loving voice they sing.
Today, to all mankind, is born
A Savior and a King.

Still, still, ’tis ours the hymn to hear
That swept o’er Israel’s plain.
Loud swells the anthem—sphere to sphere
In joy repeats the strain.

Where’er Thy Spirit, Lord, is shrined,
The inward Christ is born;
The angel strains in heart and mind
Proclaim the advent morn.