193. O Little Town of Bethlehem

1 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.

2 For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond'ring love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth;
and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth.

3 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.

4 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 Emmanuel.

Text Information
First Line: O little town of Bethlehem
Title: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Author: Phillips Brooks (1868)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: CMD irregular
Topic: Biblical Characters: Mary
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: R. Vaughn Williams (1906)
Meter: CMD irregular
Key: F Major
Copyright: Coll. adpt. and arr. from the English Hymnal, Used by permission of Oxford University Press

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