1 Never in all human story
was a sight so wondrous seen,
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,
cradled in a manger mean,
angel heralds in the sky,
lowly shepherds kneeling by.
2 Then the lamp of life was lighted,
brighter than the rising sun;
then were heaven and earth united,
peace of God on earth begun,
peace the troubled world to fill,
peace to those of holy will.
3 Prince of Peace! Your way before you
lies through nameless grief and pain:
death's dark shadow ever o'er you,
but it leads to highest reign:
glory that could never be,
but by way of Calvary.