Many shall rejoice at His birth. Luke 1:14
Words: Earnest Johnson, in The New Temperance Melodist, edited by Stephen Hubbard (Boston, Massachusetts: Oliver Ditson, 1839), alt.
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Welcome, Christmas, welcome here,
Happiest season of the year;
Fires are blazing thee to great,
Families together meet;
Brothers, sisters, circle round,
Loud is gladness’ festive sound;
For our country loves to see
All her children welcome thee.
Welcome, Christmas, for thy voice
Calls upon us to rejoice;
Not with foolish, idle mirth,
Born and perishing on earth;
Far be such ungrateful thought,
Ours are blessings dearly bought;
Dearly bought, but freely given
By the Lord of earth and Heaven.
Fix we then on Christ our eye;
May we feel the Savior nigh:
May we meet around the board,
All rejoicing in the Lord:
Be the Babe of Bethlehem near;
May His love the season cheer,
And each gladdened heart and tongue
Join the angels’ Christmas song.