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Christmas Hymn

Softly, softly, through the midnight

Author: Anna Deming
Tune: [Softly, softly through the midnight]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Softly, softly, thro’ the midnight,
Let the bells their message ring,
All the air is hushed and silent,
’Tis the birth night of the King.
In a manger poor and lowly,
Was the Christ Child’s cradle nest;
He, the ruler, Lord, and Savior,
In no royal robe was dressed.

2 Only Bethl’hem’s shepherds watching
By their flocks upon the hill,
Heard the hosts of angels singing,
Peace on earth, to men good will.
Strange the silent world could slumber,
Strange that city, quaint and still,
Felt no deeper pulse awaken,
Felt no higher, holier thrill!

3 And the busy throng moved onward,
Knowing not and heeding less;
Now the world kneels, trusting, prayerful,
Knowing that He came to bless;
Gladly, gladly, through the stillness,
Let the joyful message ring;
He hath loved us, He hath saved us,
He thro’ endless time is King.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9047

Author: Anna Deming

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Text Information

First Line: Softly, softly, through the midnight
Title: Christmas Hymn
Author: Anna Deming
Refrain First Line: Sound his praises over land and sea
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9047
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #9047

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