Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.@Luke 2:10โ€“12

Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 1.

Duke Street, attributed to John Hatton, 1793 (๐Ÿ”Š pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley (1707โ€“1788)

Ye simple men of heart sincere,
Shepherds, who watch your flocks by night,
Start not to see an angel near,
Nor tremble at his glorious light.

โ€œA herald from the heavenly King,
I come your every fear to chase;
Good tidings of great joy I bring,
Great joy to all the fallen race.

โ€œTo you is born on this glad day,
A Savior by our host adored;
Our God in Bethlehem survey,
Make haste to worship Christ the Lord.

By this the Savior of mankind,
Thโ€™incarnate God shall be displayed;
The Babe ye wrapped in swathes shall find,
And humbly in a manger laid.