While shepherds watched their flocks by night - Nahum Tate
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Christmas Hymns Cecil Frances Alexander
Cecil Frances Alexander 1823 - 1895
Once in royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed, Mary was that mother mild Jesus Christ her little child.
He came down to Earth from Heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a stable And His cradle was a stall: With the poor and mean and lowly Lived on Earth our Saviour Holy.
And through all His wondrous childhood He would honour and obey, Love and watch the lowly mother, In whose gentle arms He lay. Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as He.
For He is our childhood’s pattern: Day by day like us He grew; He was little, weak, and helpless: Tears and smiles like us He knew: And He feeleth for our sadness, And He shareth in our gladness.
And our eyes at last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love; For that Child, so dear and gentle, Is our Lord in Heaven above; And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone.
Not in that poor, lowly stable, With the oxen standing by, We shall see Him - but in Heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high; When like stars His children crowned, All in white shall wait around.
Christmas Hymns Phillips Brooks
Phillips Brooks 1835 - 1893
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.
O morning stars, together Proclaim the Holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on Earth; For Christ is born of Mary; And, gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the Angels keep Their watch of wondering love.
How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His Heaven. No ear may hear His coming; But in this world of sin, Where meek Souls will receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in.
O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in; Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas Angels The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel.
Christmas Hymns John Byrom
John Byrom 1691 - 1763
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn, Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born; Rise to adore the mystery of love Which hosts of Angels chanted from above; With them the joyful tidings first begun Of God Incarnate and the Virgin’s Son.
Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, Who heard the angelic herald’s voice: “Behold, I bring good tidings of a Saviour’s birth To you and all the nations upon Earth: This day hath God fulfilled His promised word, This day is born, a Saviour, Christ the Lord.”
He spake: and straightaway the celestial choir In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire; The praises of redeeming love they sang, And Heaven’s whole orb with hallelujahs rang; God’s highest glory was their anthem still, Peace upon Earth, and unto men goodwill.
To Bethlehem straight the enlightened shepherds ran, To see the wonder God had wrought for man; And found, with Joseph and the blessed Maid, Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid; Then to their flocks, still praising God, return, And their glad hearts with Holy rapture burn.
O may we keep and ponder in our mind God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind! Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, From His poor manger to His bitter cross; Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, Till man’s first Heavenly state again takes place.
Then may we hope, the angelic hosts among, To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song: He that was born upon this joyful day Around us all His glory shall display; Save by His love, incessant we shall sing Eternal praise to Heaven’s Almighty King.
Christmas Hymns Edward Caswall
Edward Caswall 1814 - 1878
See, amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on Earth below, See, the Lamb of God appears, Promised from eternal years. Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies, He who, throned in height sublime, Sits amid the cherubim. Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Say, ye Holy shepherds, say, What your joyful news today; Wherefore have ye left your sheep On the lonely mountain steep? Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
As we watched at dead of night, Lo, we saw a wondrous light: Angels, singing peace on Earth, Told us of the Saviour’s birth. Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Sacred Infant, all Divine, What a tender love was Thine, Thus to come from Highest Bliss Down to such a world as this! Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Teach, O teach us, Holy Child, By Thy face so meek and mild, Teach us to resemble Thee In Thy sweet humility. Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Christmas Carols Percy Dearmer
Percy Dearmer 1867 - 1936
Jesus, good above all other, Gentle Child of gentle mother, In a stable born our brother, Give us grace to persevere.
Jesus, cradled in a manger, For us facing every danger, Living as a homeless stranger, Make we Thee our King most dear.
Jesus, for Thy people dying, Risen Master, death defying, Lord in Heaven, Thy grace supplying, Keep us to Thy presence near.
Jesus, who our sorrows bearest, All our thoughts and hopes Thou sharest; Thou to man the truth declarest; Help us all Thy truth to hear.
Lord, in all our doings guide us; Pride and hate shall ne’er divide us; We’ll go on with Thee beside us, And with joy we’ll persevere!
Christmas Hymns Joseph Mohr
Joseph Mohr 1792 - 1848
Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, all is bright. Round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in Heavenly peace, Sleep in Heavenly peace.
Silent night, Holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from Heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.
Silent night, Holy night, Son of God, love's pure light; Radiant beams from Thy Holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
Silent night, Holy night: Sleeps the world; hid from sight. Mary and Joseph in stable bare Watch o’er the child beloved and fair, Sleeping in Heavenly rest.
Silent night, holy night: Shepherds first saw the light, Heard resounding clear and long, Far and near, the Angel-song: “Christ, the Redeemer is here.”
Silent night, Holy night: Son of God, O how bright Love is smiling from Thy face! Strikes for us now the hour of grace, Saviour, since Thou art born.
Silent Night - Pentatonix (features only the first verse)
Silent Night - Bros
Looking for videos for this page I came across the following one by Bros in 1988. The lyrics were adapted (I don't know who by) so I thought I'd include this version too.
Silent night, Holiest night, Darkness flies, all is light. Shepherds hear the Angels sing: Hallelujah, hail to their newborn King: Jesus the Saviour is here, Jesus the Saviour is here.
Silent night, Holiest night, Guiding star lend thy light. See the eastern magi bring Gifts and homage to their newborn King: Jesus the Saviour is here, Jesus the Saviour is here.
Jesus the Saviour is here. I can feel it, yeh-yeah, It's in our heart, Everyday of your life 'Cause the Saviour is with us all.
Christmas Hymns James Montgomery
James Montgomery 1771 - 1854
Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the Earth; Ye who sang creation’s story, Now proclaim Messiah’s birth: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Shepherds, in the fields abiding, Watching o’er your flocks by night, God with man is now residing, Yonder shines the infant light: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Sages, leave your contemplations; Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations; Ye have seen His natal star: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Saints, before the alter bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Though an infant now we view Him, He shall fill His Father’s throne, Gather all the nations to Him; Every knee shall then bow down: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
All creation, join in praising God the Father, Spirit, Son Evermore your voices raising To th'eternal Three in One: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King.
This hymn is often sang with the chorus of: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the highest)
Angels From The Realms Of Glory - Piano Guys & Others
Christmas Hymns John Mason Neale
John Mason Neale 1818 - 1866
Good Christians all, rejoice With heart and Soul and voice! Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today! Ox and ass before Him bow, And He is in the manger now: Christ is born today! Christ is born today!
Good Christians all, rejoice With heart and Soul and voice! Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this; He hath oped the Heavenly door, And man is blest for evermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!
Good Christians all, rejoice With heart and Soul and voice! Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save; Calls you one, and calls you all, To gain His everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!
Christmas Hymns Frederick Oakeley
Frederick Oakeley (translated by) 1802 - 1880
O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
True God of true God, Light of Light eternal, Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Son of the Father, Begotten, not created: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
See how the shepherds, Summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Lo, star-led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring, Offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh; We to the Christ-child Bring our hearts’ oblations: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Sing, choirs of Angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above; Glory to God In the highest: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
O Come Let Us Adore Him - Amanda Cook (Bethel Church)
Christmas Hymns Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti 1830 - 1894
In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, Nor Earth sustain; Heaven and Earth shall flee away When He comes to reign; In the bleak mid-winter A stable-place sufficed The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim Worship night and day, A breastful of milk And a mangerful of hay; Enough for Him, whom Angels Fall down before, The ox and ass and camel, Which adore.
Angels and Archangels May have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim Thronged the air; But His mother only, In her maiden bliss, Worshipped the Beloved With a kiss.
What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part, Yet what can I give Him? - Give my heart.
Christmas Hymns Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti 1830 - 1894
Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead, Love Incarnate, Love Divine; Worship we our Jesus: But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token, Love be yours and love be mine, Love to God and all men, Love for plea and gift and sign.
Christmas Hymns Caelius Sedulius
Caelius Sedulius c. 450
From east to west, from shore to shore Let Earth awake and sing The Holy Child whom Mary bore, The Christ, the Lord, the King!
For lo! The world’s Creator wears The fashion of a slave: Our human flesh the Godhead bears, His creature, man, to save.
He shrank not from the oxen’s stall, Nor scorned the manger-bed; And He, whose bounty feedeth all, At Mary’s breast was fed.
To shepherds poor the Lord most high, Great Shepherd, was revealed; While Angel choirs sang joyously Above the midnight field.
All glory be to God above, And on the Earth be peace To all who long to taste His love, Till time itself shall cease.
Christmas Hymns Nahum Tate
Nahum Tate 1652 - 1715
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The Angel of the Lord came down, And glory shone around.
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread Had seized their troubled mind; “Glad tidings of great joy I bring To you and all mankind.”
“To you, in David’s town, this day, Is born of David’s line, A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; And this shall be the sign:”
“The Heavenly Babe you there shall find To human view displayed, All meanly wrapped in swathing bands, And in a manger laid.”
Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith Appeared a shining throng Of Angels, praising God, and thus Addressed their joyful song;
“All glory be to God on high, And on the Earth be peace; Good-will henceforth from Heaven to me Begin and never cease.”
Christmas Hymns Isaac Watts
Isaac Watts 1674 - 1748
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns! Let all their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders of His love.
Joy To The World - Jeremy Riddle (Bethel Church)
Christmas Hymns Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley 1707 - 1788
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free, From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the Earth Thou art, Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Hark! The herald Angels sing, Glory to the newborn King. Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! The herald Angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Christ, by highest Heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold Him come. Offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail, the incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel: Hark! The herald Angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Hail, the Heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of Earth, Born to give them second birth: Hark! The herald Angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Hark The Herald Angels Sing - Jeremy Riddle (Bethel Church)
Christmas Hymns Unknown
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes. I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky, And stay by my side until morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.
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