Scripture Verse

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our king, sing praises. Psalm 47:6


Words: C. L. Stain­er, 1912. The ca­rol was re­print­ed (with­out cred­it­ing Stain­er) in Ca­rols Old and Ca­rols New, by Charles L. Hutch­ins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: The Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 498.

Music: John F. Bridge (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Stain­er’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John F. Bridge (1844–1924)


Tidings, peo­ple, take good heed!
Turn ye not away!
Child of pro­mise, king indeed,
Christ is born to­day!


Therefore let all peo­ple sing,
Welcome be our heav’nly king!
Welcome, wel­come,
Welcome, wel­come,
Welcome be our king!

This is true: be not afraid!
Wonderful to tell;
In a man­ger He is laid—
Angels sing No­well!


This has been the hope of man,
This the faith of old;
Since the ve­ry world began,
This has been fore­told: