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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

Long Years Ago, On Christmas Morn

Long years ago on Christmas morn

Author: A. F. M. Custance
Tune: [Long years ago, on Christmas morn]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Long years ago, on Christmas morn
The Saviour of mankind was born;
And Angels carolled at His Birth,
"Good will to men; peace on the earth."

2 Now after years of gloom and strife,
The Christ-child brings us love and life,
Bids hatred end and warfare cease
In world-wide brotherhood and peace.

3 O Holy Child, this Christmas morn
Once more within our hearts be born.
Blest Angels, chant your songs again,
"On earth be peace; goodwill to men."

Source: The Church Hymnal: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occasions (Rev. ed) #652

Author: A. F. M. Custance

Born: June 9, 1867, Col­wall, Her­e­ford­shire, Eng­land. Died: Au­gust 21, 1926, Du­lu­th, Min­ne­so­ta. Custance’s par­ents were George Musg­rave Cus­tance and Eliz­a­beth Hume. In 1881, Ar­thur was stu­dy­ing in Lan­cing, Sus­sex. He then at­tend­ed Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty, and in 1891, was prob­ab­ly in Pem­broke­shire, Wales. After em­i­grat­ing to Amer­i­ca, he taught La­tin and mu­sic in the pub­lic schools of Du­luth, Min­ne­so­ta (1892-1926). He served as choir mas­ter for St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Du­luth over the same time span, and was al­so an or­gan­ist and com­pos­er. Custance’s first wife, Thy­rea, died be­fore 1920. At the time of his death, his wife… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Long years ago on Christmas morn
Title: Long Years Ago, On Christmas Morn
Author: A. F. M. Custance
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Copyright: Public Domain

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #13041
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

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The Cyber Hymnal #13041

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