O Happy Earth

O happy earth, whose darkest night

Author: Harriet M. Kimball
Tune: GLADDEN (Harris)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 O happy earth, whose darkest night
The angels flood with song and light!
O happy shepherds, first to hear
The tidings meant for every ear!
O happy night, O happy morn,
A Savior, Christ the Lord, is born!

2 O happy heav’n, among whose spheres
The Christ Child’s blazing star appears!
O happy Magi, from afar
Led by the Christ Child’s blazing star!
O Bethlehem! O spot most fair,
For Mary and the Child are there!

3 The maiden mother, virgin blest,
She clasps the Christ Child to her breast;
The wondering shepherds may adore,
The eastern kings their treasures pour,
But in her heart the Babe divine
Has fashioned for Himself a shrine.

4 O happy souls that throng on throng
Make fair the ages all along,
In glad succession hail the star,
And catch and spread the tidings far,
And carol still each Christmas morn,
A Savior, Christ the Lord, is born!

5 Awake, awake, O sluggard heart!
O foes, be friends, forget your smart!
O cold hearth, glow; laugh, lonely place!
O’erflow, O earth, with every grace;
Sing, sing again this blessèd morn,
The Savior of the world is born!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #15157

Author: Harriet M. Kimball

Kimball, Harriet McEwan, a native and resident of Portsmouth, Newhaven, is the author of Hymns, Boston, 1866; Swallow Flights of Song, 1874, &c. Her hymns include:— 1. At times on Tabor's height. Faith and Joy 2. Dear Lord, to Thee alone. Lent. 3. It is an easy thing to say. Humble Service. 4. We have no tears Thou wilt not dry. Affliction. Appeared in the Poets of Portsmouth, 1864, and the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, and others. In Miss Kimball's Hymns, 1866, this hymn begins with stanza iii. of "Jesus the Ladder of my faith." Several of Miss Kimball's poems were included in Baynes's Illustrated Book of Sacred Poems, 1867. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Diction… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O happy earth, whose darkest night
Title: O Happy Earth
Author: Harriet M. Kimball
Source: Poems (Boston: Little, Brown, 1911)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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