Christ at Bethlehem

Long ago on Christmas night

Author: W. S. B. Mathews
Tune: [Long ago on Christmas night]
Published in 7 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Long ago on Christmas night,
Shepherds saw the heav’nly light,
Heard the song of angels bright,
Christ was born at Bethlehem.

Christ our king, Christ our king
Every voice His praise shall sing;
Jesus Christ our Lord and king,
Came that day to Bethlehem.

2 Quick to Bethlehem, they, to see
What the angels’ joy could be;
Lo! for love of you and me,
Christ was born at Bethlehem. [Refrain]

3 Come with them to sacred stall,
On our knees with wise men fall;
Savior, king and Lord of all,
Christ was born at Bethlehem. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11083

Author: W. S. B. Mathews

Born: Circa May 1837, Loudon, New Hampshire. Died: April 1, 1912, Denver, Colorado. Buried: Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Mathews was educated in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Highland University in Illinois, and taught music at the Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he played the organ at the Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church (1867-93), edited the Musical Independent (1869-71), was music critic for the Chicago Record Herald and Chicago Tribune (1877-87), and helped found the Groller Club in 1884. In 1891, started the monthly magazine Music. His works include: How to Understand Music (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Theodore Presser Company, 1888) A Hundred Years of Mu… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Long ago on Christmas night
Title: Christ at Bethlehem
Author: W. S. B. Mathews
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Christ our King, Christ our King
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11083
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The Cyber Hymnal #11083

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