1. Hasten, loyal mortals, onward to the star,
See its beams of glory beckon from afar;
Past, the night of splendor, dawns the promised morn;
Come rejoicing, praises voicing, Christ is born.
Marching forward, following the star,
Shining, beaming, brightly gleaming
From the eastern skies afar;
Joyful praises singing all the way!
Swell the sweet undying song of Christmas Day.
2. March with joy and gladness, countless voices ring,
Angels high in glory worshipping the King;
Hail the Child of blessing, joy of all the earth;
Watch-fires gleaming, starlight beaming, greet His birth. [Refrain]
3. Hasten, loyal mortals, seek the manger shrine,
Bring your precious treasures to the Lord divine;
Soon the great Messiah shall your eyes behold;
Homage render, sweet and tender, love’s pure gold. [Refrain]
Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns.
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 >