Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.@Luke 2:11
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John Goss (1800-1880)

John Needham, Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768), number 78.

Arthur’s Seat John Goss, in Hymns and Songs of Praise (New York: 1874) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ye sons of Adam, join
Throughout the spacious earth
In cheerful songs to hail
The great Redeemer’s birth;
Let your all hearts in concert move,
And every tongue be tuned by love.

The lofty heav’ns He bowed,
To earth the Savior came;
With joy th’angelic hosts
His royal birth proclaim;
For you, O men, is born, they sing
A mighty Savior, and a king.

’Twas men He came to save,
And mortal flesh He wore;
Ye men with angels sing,
And in their strains adore;
Let your glad hearts and tongues combine
To praise the love, the grace divine.

Glory to God on high!
For great Emmanuel’s birth
Declares to men good will,
And brings down peace to earth;
Thus angels sang, and we’ll repeat
Their strains still new and ever sweet.

Abr’am the patriarch led
By faith’s unerring ray,
Abr’am the friend of God
Beheld this glorious day;
Distant his view, but yet so bright
He died o’erjoyed at this blest sight.

We see the ancient types,
The prophecies fulfilled;
With eastern sages we
Adore this wondrous Child;
God’s only Son, who came to bless
The earth with peace and righteousness.

Glory to God on high!
For great Emmanuel’s birth
Declares to men good will,
And brings down peace to earth;
Thus angels sang, and we repeat
Their songs still new and ever sweet.