Category Archives: nativity

No. 87: Jesus, the Light of the World

Verse 1:
Hark! the Herald angels sing,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Glory to the newborn King,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 2:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Join the triumphs of the skies,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 3:
Christ by highest heav’n adored,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 4:
Hail! the heav’n-born Prince of peace,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Hail the sun of righteousness,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

G.D.E./Geo. D. Elderkin


Glory to God in the Highest

Verse 1:
Softly the night is falling
On Bethle’m’s peaceful hill;
Silent the shepherds watching,
Their gentle flocks are still.

Hark! to the wond’rous music
Falling from out the sky;
Glory to God in the highest,
Glory to God on high.

Verse 2:
Come with the joyful shepherds,
Hastening from their fold;
Come with the wise men, bringing
Their incense, myrrh, and gold.

Verse 3:
Ye who are worn and weary,
Come with the cradle-throng;
Bring Him your love and devotion,
Join in the angel’s song.

Anon/Geo. C. Stebbins

Sleep, Holy Babe

Verse 1:
Sleep, Holy Babe,
Upon thy mother’s breast;
Sleep, Holy Babe,
Sleep on, and take Thy rest,
Great Lord of earth and sea and sky;
How sweet it is to see Thee lie
In such a place of rest.

Verse 2:
Sleep, Holy Babe,
Thine angels watch around;
Sleep, Holy Babe,
Thine angels tread the ground,
And, bending low with folded wings,
Adore th’incarnate King of kings
In rev’rent love profound.

Verse 3:
Soon must Thy brow
Its thorny crown receive,
Soon must Thy side
Its crimson life-blood give,
Thy face, more lovely than the rose,
Bestain’d with blood and marred with blows,
That I thereby may live.

Verse 4:
So may I sing,
For Thou hast died for me,
So may I sing
Immortal praise to Thee,
Tho’ once a Babe of human birth,
Now reignest Lord of heav’n and earth
Thro’ all eternity.

Words arr. by E.M.S./T.J. Shanks

Never Shone a Light so Fair

Verse 1:
Never shone a light so fair,
Never fell so sweet a song,
As the chorus in the air,
Chanted by the angel-throng;
Every star took up the story,

Christ has come, the Prince of glory,
Come in humble hearts to dwell,
God with us,
God with us,
God with us,

Verse 2:
Still that Jubilee of song
Breaks upon the rising morn;
While the anthem rolls along,
Floods of light the earth adorn;
Old and young take up the story,

Verse 3:
Welcome now the blessed day
When we praise the Lord our King;
When we meet to praise and pray,
And His love with gladness sing;
Let the world take up the story,

F.J. Crosby/Rev. Robert Lowry

While Shepherds Watched

When this hymn was written, “meanly” meant “poorly” in the sense of having few resources.

Verse 1:
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around,
And glory shone around.

Verse 2:
“Fear not” said he,–for might dread
Had seized their troubled mind,–
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
To you and all mankind,
To you and all mankind.

Verse 3:
“To you, in David’s town, this day
Is born of David’s line,
The Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord,
And this shall be the sign:–
And this shall be the sign:–

Verse 4:
“The heavenly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid,
And in a manger laid.”

Verse 5:
Thus spake the seraph–and forth with
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:–
Addressed their joyful song:–

Verse 6:
“All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace:
Good-will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin, and never cease!
Begin, and never cease!”

N. Tate/G.F. Handel

Joy to the World

Although most modern hymnals are arranged by theme or according to the church year, this one appears not to follow that convention. So, we are having Christmas in the middle of August. Maybe this should serve as a reminder to me that Christ should be born anew in my heart each day. TSG

Verse 1:
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King:
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n,
And heav’n and nature sing.

Verse 2:
Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns:
Let men their songs employ:
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3:
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 wond’rs,
And wonders of His love.

I Watts/arr. fr Geo.F. Handel