Scripture Verse

On earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


Words: R. Wa­tham, in Ca­rols Old and Ca­rols New, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 341.

Music: Bu­da­pest Ver­non B. Crow­ther-Bey­non (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Wa­tham’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him of Crow­ther-Bey­non (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Steeple Gidding, Cambridgeshire


Yule returns; come, Christian people,
Singing songs of olden time,
While the bells from tower and steeple
Gaily ring their Christmas chime.
Dear to Christian hearts the story
Of the blessèd Savior’s birth,
Telling that the Lord of glory,
Came to dwell with us on earth.

How our God Himself revealing,
As the prophets long foretold,
Eastern sages offered kneeling
Myrrh and frankincense and gold.
And the shepherds on the mountains
Heard the sounds of holy glee;
Love divine unlocked the fountains
Of celestial melody.

So (as years roll by) delighting
In the mystery of Thy love,
Mortals hymn Thy praise, uniting,
With angelic choirs above.
This the anthem that resounded
O’er Judean hill and glen,
Love eternal, love unbounded,
Peace on earth, goodwill to men.