Scripture Verse

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.

Music: Ash­bu­ry Heights H. A. Davis, in The Best Gos­pel Songs and Their Com­pos­ers (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, 1904), num­ber 193 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

H. A. Davis (1867–?)


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.