The world was hushed in silence deep,
The waiting shepherds watched their sheep;
When came the joyful angel throng,
And listening ages caught their song.
O glorious song! O blessèd story!
It floats along from realms of glory.
Each Christmas day it comes again—
On earth be peace! Good will to men!
A wondrous star was sent to shine,
And show the world the Babe divine;
And from the east the wise men came,
With royal honors to His name.
O guiding star, so brightly beaming!
From ages far thy radiance streaming,
Still draws the nations to His feet,
The Babe of Bethlehem to greet!
’Twas Love that brought Him here to earth,
’Twas Love that planned His humble birth;
’Tis Love that draws us to Him now,
And bids us at His feet to bow.
O holy Love! in fullest measure,
We bring to Thee our richest treasure,
To grace Thy glowing diadem,
O blessèd Babe of Bethlehem!