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Christ Was Born On Christmas Night

Christ was born on Christmas night

Author (attributed to): Charles W. Stubbs, 1845-1912
Published in 1 hymnal

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Representative Text

1 Christ was born on Christmas night,
Sing the carol gaily;
King of Love, and Lord of Light,
Praise Him, praise Him duly!

Welcome Christmas! Welcome Yule!
Mistletoe and holly!
Be ye merry gentles all,
Mirth need not be folly.

2 Christ was laid in cattle stall
Ox and ass most duly
Did as to the Lord of all
Make obeisance truly. [Refrain]

3 Seven shepherds knelt them there,
In that stable lowly,
Hailed as king the Christ child fair,
Very God most holy. [Refrain]

4 Seven shepherds fared them forth
God’s gift glorifying,
Told the wonder of its worth
For men living, dying. [Refrain]

5 Star-led kings from eastern land,
Came on camels riding,
Spice and myrrh and gold in hand
For a royal tithing. [Refrain]

6 Gaspar, Belsar, Melchior,
Found in Bethlem city,
Him they knew by mystic lore,
King of Love and Pity. [Refrain]

7 Pity, mercy, peace and love,
These be Christmas sweetings,
Be they yours from God above,
Take our Christmas greetings! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9723

Author (attributed to): Charles W. Stubbs, 1845-1912

Stubbs, Charles William, D.D., was born at Liverpool, Sept. 3, 1845, educated at the Royal Institution School, Liverpool, and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1868, M.A. 1876, D.D. 1894. Ordained in 1868, he has held some of the most important positions in the Church, including the Deanery of Ely, and is now (1907) Bishop of Truro. His published works are numerous, but do not come, except in the most remote degree, into the realm of hymnology. In his Brythhoth’s Prayer, and Other Poems, 1899, the hymn "We hail Thee, King of kings! Imperial Christ" appeared (p. 66). In Horder's Worship Song, 1905, it is slightly altered and abbreviated as “We hail Thee, King of kings, Eternal Christ." --Joh… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ was born on Christmas night
Title: Christ Was Born On Christmas Night
Author (attributed to): Charles W. Stubbs, 1845-1912
Meter: D
Source: The Outlook, vol. 85, no. 1, December 21, 1907 (New York)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Welcome Christmas! Welcome Yule!
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9723
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The Cyber Hymnal #9723

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