Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


Words: Eli­za C. Can­nell, in The Palm of Vic­to­ry, ed­it­ed by Le­roy H. Dow­ling (St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: L. H. Dow­ling, 1874), num­ber 56.

Music: Hoh­en­schwan­gau George B. Loo­mis (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Can­nell or Loo­mis (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Come now, and let us, once again,
Twine wreaths of hol­ly and of hay;
And with glad hearts in lof­ty strain,
Sing, Christ is born anew tod­ay.
Then loud and long we’ll raise the song,
Our Christ is born anew to­day,
Our Christ is born anew to­day.

As to the shep­herds on the plain,
The voice of an­gels from on high
Bore the glad song, Good will to men,
On earth let peace be ev­er nigh:
The peace of Heav’n to mor­tals giv’n,
When Christ was born on Christ­mas day,
When Christ was born on Christ­mas day.

To Him above, all glo­ry yield,
Whose great­est gift has crowned our days;
And as we twine our Christ­mas wreath,
We’ll weave there­in both love and praise:
Our hearts we’ll bring to Christ our king,
Who’s born anew for us to­day,
Who’s born anew for us to­day.