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Nunc dimittis

Appears in 251 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:20 First Line: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word Used With Tune: [Lord, now lettest thou thy servant] (Barry)
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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Author: Phillips Brooks (1831-1893) Meter: 8.6.8.6.7.6.8.6 Appears in 738 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Lyrics: 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 wondering 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 as love imparts to human hearts the blessings of God's 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. Topics: Christmas; Epiphany Used With Tune: ST. LOUIS
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The First Nowell

Meter: Irregular with refrain Appears in 363 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:4-15 First Line: The first Nowell the angel did say Refrain First Line: Nowell, nowell Lyrics: 1 The first Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay akeeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Refrain: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel. 2 They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. [Refrain] 3 And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. [Refrain] 4 This star drew nigh to the northwest; O'er Bethlehem it took its rest; And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain] 5 Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon the knee, And offered there, in His presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. [Refrain] 6 Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord; That hath made Heaven and earth of naught, And with His blood our life hath bought. [Refrain] Used With Tune: THE FIRST NOWELL Text Sources: English carol, 17th century
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Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Author: John M. Neale Meter: Irregular Appears in 197 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:8-20 First Line: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice Lyrics: 1 Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ was born today. ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now. Christ is born today! Christ is born today! 2 Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this; he has opened heaven's door, and we are blest forevermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this! 3 Good Christian friends, 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! Used With Tune: IN DULCI JUBILO Text Sources: Macaronic carol, 14th C.
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Christians, Awake

Author: John Byrom Meter: 10.10.10.10.10.10 Appears in 157 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:17 First Line: Christians, awake, salute the happy morn Lyrics: 1 Christians, awake, salute the happy morn on which the Savior of the world was born. Rise to adore the mystery of love which hosts of angels chanted from above. With them the joyful tidings were begun of God incarnate and the virgin's Son. 2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, who heard the herald angel's voice: "Behold, I bring good tidings of a Savior's birth to you and all the nations on the earth. This day has God fulfilled his promised word: this day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord!" 3 O may we keep and ponder in our mind God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind! Christ, who was born upon this joyful day, around us all his glory shall display. Saved by his love, unceasing we shall sing eternal praise to heaven's almighty King. Topics: Love God's Love to Us; Christmas; Angels; Christmas; Love God's Love to Us Used With Tune: YORKSHIRE
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Away in a Manger

Meter: 11.11.11.11 Appears in 471 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for his bed Lyrics: 1 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. 2 The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes. I love you, Lord Jesus: look down from on high and stay by my side until morning is nigh. 3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care; prepare us for heaven to live with you there. Topics: Christmas Used With Tune: CRADLE SONG Text Sources: USA, 19th century
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See amid the Winter's Snow

Author: Edward Caswall, 1814-78 Meter: 7.7.7.7 with refrain Appears in 141 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Refrain First Line: Hail, O ever-blessed morn! Lyrics: 1 See amid the winter's snow, Born for us on earth below, See, the gentle Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years. Refrain: Hail, O ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption's happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem: "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" 2 Lo, within a stable lies He who built the starry skies, He who, throned in height sublime, Sits amid the cherubim. [Refrain] 3 Sacred Infant, all divine, What a tender love was Thine, Thus to come from highest bliss Down to such a world as this! [Refrain] 4 Teach, O teach us, holy child, By Thy face so meek and mild, Teach us to resemble Thee In Thy sweet humility. [Refrain] Used With Tune: HUMILITY
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There's a Star in the East

Meter: Irregular Appears in 29 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:15-20 First Line: There's a star in the East on Christmas morn Refrain First Line: Follow, follow, Lyrics: 1 There's a star in the East on Christmas morn, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. It will lead to the place where the Christ was born, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. Refrain: Follow, follow, rise up, shepherd, and follow. Follow the Star of Bethlehem, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. 2 If you take good heed to the angel's words, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. You'll forget your flocks, you'll forget your herds, Rise up, shepherd, and follow. Topics: Christmas Used With Tune: RISE UP, SHEPHERD Text Sources: African-American spiritual
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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6 with refrain Appears in 103 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:8-16 Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy Lyrics: 1 God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay, remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day, to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray; Refrain: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy. 2 From God our heav'nly Father, a blessed angel came; and unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same: how that in Bethlehem was born the son of God by name. [Refrain] 3 "Fear not, then," said the angel, "let nothing you affright; this day is born a Savior of a pure virgin bright, to free all those who trust in him from Satan's pow'r and might." [Refrain] 4 The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind, and left their flocks a-feeding, in tempest, storm, and wind: and went to Bethlehem straightway, the Son of God to find. [Refrain] Topics: Christ Deity of Used With Tune: GOD REST YOU MERRY Text Sources: English carol, 18th cent.
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The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

Author: Edric Conner Meter: Irregular Appears in 25 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Refrain First Line: He come from the glory Topics: Christmas; Jesus, Name of; Epiphany Used With Tune: THE VIRGIN MARY Text Sources: West Indian carol in Collection of West Indian Spirituals, 1945

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