The Christmas Hymn

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1 How tranquil, how serene the night,
When to the sleeping earth,
A heav’nly host of seraphs bright,
Proclaimed a Savior’s birth!

2 The shepherds, on Judea’s plains,
With wonder heard their songs,
"Glory to God!—to Him alone,
Our highest praise belongs."

3 "Glory to God!" through heav’n’s broad arch,
The sacred chorus ran,
Good will, and never ending peace,
Henceforth to mortal man.

4 "Glory to God!" let all the earth,
To Him their honors bring,
And every heart, and every tongue,
His praise responsive sing.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12756

Author: Fanny Crosby

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First Line: How tranquil, how serene the night
Title: The Christmas Hymn
Author: Fanny Crosby
Source: The Blind Girl, and Other Poems (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1844)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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