Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Words: William Hammond. This hymn is said to have been written about 1745, and has been published in various forms. The version below appeared in A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, edited by Samuel Jones and Burgis Allison (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: R. Aitken & Son, 1790), pages 277–79.
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What good news the angels bring,
What glad tidings of our king!
Christ the Lord is born today,
Christ, who takes our sins away!
He who rules both Heav’n and earth,
Hath in Bethlehem His birth;
Him shall all the people see,
And rejoice eternally.
Lift your hearts and voices high,
With hosannas fill the sky;
Glory be to God above,
Who is infinite in love!
Peace on earth, good will to men!
Now with us our God is seen;
Angels, join with us in praise!
Help to sing redeeming grace.
Now the wall is broken down,
Now the Gospel is made known;
Now the door is open wide,
Christ for Jew and Gentile died;
All who feel the weight of sin,
All who languish to be clean;
All who for redemption groan,
May be saved by faith alone.
Jesus is the lovely name:
This the angel doth proclaim;
He shall all His people save,
They in Him remission have;
When they see themselves undone,
They take refuge in the Son;
They shall all be born again,
And with Him in glory reign.
Shout, ye nations of the earth,
Sing the triumphs of His birth;
All the world by Him is blest,
Sound His praise from east to west;
Jews and Gentiles jointly sing,
Christ our common Lord and king;
Christ, our life, our joy, our song,
To eternity prolong!