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O how shall I keep my Christmas

O how shall I keep my Christmas

Author: John Westall
Tune: [O how shall I keep my Christmas?]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

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1. O how shall I keep my Christmas?
My heart whispered softly to me,
For I had been reading the story
Of the Lord’s nativity;
And slowly and clearly before me
The words like pictures rise,
And the scenes appear in the beauty
Of the starry Syrian skies.

2. O cradled He was in a manger!
For lowly and poor was He,
Whose throne is the splendors of heaven
Whose pow’r is infinity;
And He bore His cross to save us,
To save us from death and sin,
And He trod all alone the winepress
To make us pure and clean.

3. In glory the hosts of the angels
Came singing His song of praise,
And filling the heav’ns with their music
In those wonderful old days;
Singing Glory to God in the highest!
And peace upon earth,
And the mighty chorus of voices
Pealed forth Good will to all.

4. O how shall I keep my Christmas?
As they keep it in heaven above;
O keep it with peace and thanksgiving,
And kindliest deed of love;
And share with the poor and needy
The joys which the Lord gives thee;
And thy heart shall keep with the angels
The Lord’s nativity.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4988

Author: John Westall

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First Line: O how shall I keep my Christmas
Author: John Westall

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The Cyber Hymnal #4988
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