1. Once o’er the hills of Judah,
Burst forth a glorious light;
Heralding the Messiah,
Shining in splendor bright!
And thro’ the air came stealing,
Sweetly on wings of morn;
From Heaven’s towers pealing,
Jesus the Lord is born!
Glory, glory, glory let us sing!
Glory to our heav’nly King!
Sound aloud His praises, sing a joyful lay,
This is our Savior’s natal day!
2. Strange was His throne, O children!
Only a manger cold!
But princely gifts were brought Him,
Myrrh, frankincense and gold.
Myrrh was the bitter token
Of His great sacrifice;
Frankincense, homage paid Him;
And gold, the kingly price. [Refrain]
3. Still through the air around us
Echo celestial strains;
Still o’er earth’s sinful darkness
That Light in grandeur reigns;
What are the gifts we’ll bring Him?
No type of sorrow now!
Hearts’ prayers shall be our incense
And love shall crown His brow. [Refrain]
C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >