1. Christmas Day! O happy measure,
How its songs and pulses thrill!
How its greetings and its treasure
All our hearts with gladness fill!
Let the winds of winter, blowing,
Toss the snowflakes in the air;
Sunlight in the heart is glowing,
Christmas Day is always fair.
Happy day, happy day,
Full of light and heav’nly love,
Hear us sing, heav’nly King,
Grateful songs to Thee above;
All the way, all the way,
Let us sing our song of cheer,
Joyous Christmas now is here,
2. Christmas Day, with joy unfailing,
Comes to bring us nearer Christ;
To this earth, o’er sin prevailing,
He has brought the gift, unpriced:
Coming from the heav’nly city,
Leaving yonder throne and crown,
In His tenderness and pity,
Jesus brought salvation down. [Refrain]
3. Hail, all hail the heav’nly Stranger,
Peace on earth He came to bring;
Cradled in a lowly manger,
Yet our Savior, Lord and King.
Gladsome day, lift up your voices,
Sing with joy the Christmas song;
Heav’n above with earth rejoices,
Praise Him with yon shining throng. [Refrain]
Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >