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The First Christmas Eve

Such a lovely thing happened one night

Author: Ida M. Budd
Tune: [Such a lovely thing happened one night]
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1 Such a lovely thing happened one night,
One beautiful night long ago;
The darkness all changed into light,
All around, and above, and below;
It was neither the stars nor the moon,
That made it so bright up on high,
'Twas a light out of heaven that shone,--
Then some angels came out of the sky.

Refrain:
Came out of the sky,
Came out of the sky;
'Twas a light out of heaven that shone,
Then some angels came out of the sky.

2 And they sang such a beautiful song,
Of peace and good-will unto men,
Because the dear Savior was born,
And they sang it again and again,
Till the fear of the shepherds who watched
Their flocks thro' the long weary night,
Was all still'd and they listened with joy,
And they looked on the wonderful light.

Refrain:
The wonderful sight,
The wonderful sight,
Was all still'd and they listened with joy,
As they looked on the wonderful sight.

3 Still the angels sang on and the strains
That floated away on the air
Reechoed the message again,
Of sweet peace and good-will ev'rywhere;
Then they all went back into the sky,
The light faded out, but we sing
The same song of good will unto men,
And of glory to Jesus our King.

Refrain:
To Jesus our King,
To Jesus our King;
The same song of good-will unto men.
And of glory to Jesus, our King.


Source: Little Branches No. 2: a collection of songs prepared especially for the primary and infant deparments of the sunday school #51

Author: Ida M. Budd

Ida M. Budd was born in 1859 in a log cabin in Saginaw County, Michigan. When she was three years old her parents moved to Milford, Michigan. She loved nature and books. She decided to be a school teacher, receiving her teaching certificate when she was fifteen. Her first poem was published in 1881. She is known for her poems for children. 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Such a lovely thing happened one night
Title: The First Christmas Eve
Author: Ida M. Budd
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Came out of the sky
Copyright: Public Domain

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Little Branches No. 2 #51

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