Constant Christmas

The sky can still remember

Author: Phillips Brooks
Tune: CHENIES (Matthews)
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 The sky can still remember
The earliest Christmas morn,
When in the cold December
The Saviour Christ was born.
No star unfolds its glory,
No trumpet wind is blown,
But tells the Christmas story
In music of its own.

2 O never-failing splendor!
O never-silent song!
Still keep the green earth tender,
Still keep the gray earth strong,
Still keep the brave earth dreaming
Of deeds that shall be done,
While children’s lives come streaming
Like sunbeams from the sun.

3 O angels sweet and splendid,
Throng in our hearts and sing
The wonders which attended
The coming of the King;
Till we too, boldly pressing
Where once the shepherds trod,
Climb Bethlehem’s Hill of Blessing,
And find the Son of God.


Source: The Hymnal #123

Author: Phillips Brooks

Brooks, Phillips, D.D., was born at Boston, Dec. 13, 1835, graduated at Harvard College 1855, and was ordained in 1859. Successively Rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia, and Trinity Church, Boston, he became Bishop of Mass. in 1891, and died at Boston in Jan., 1893. His Carol, "O little town of Bethlehem," was written for his Sunday School in 1868, the author having spent Christmas, 1866, at Bethlehem. His hymn, "God hath sent His angels to the earth again," is dated 1877. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The sky can still remember
Title: Constant Christmas
Author: Phillips Brooks
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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