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There's a Song in the Air

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1 There's a song in the air!
There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer
and a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire
while the beautiful sing,
for the manger of Bethlehem
cradles a King!

2 There's a tumult of joy
o'er the wonderful birth,
for the virgin's sweet boy
is the Lord of the earth.
Ay! the star rains its fire
while the beautiful sing,
for the manger of Bethlehem
cradles a King!

3 In the light of that star
lie the ages impearled;
and that song from afar
has swept over the world.
Every hearth is aflame,
and the beautiful sing
in the homes of the nations
that Jesus is King!

4 We rejoice in the light,
and we echo the song
that comes down through the night
from the heavenly throng.
Ay! we shout to the lovely
evangel they bring,
and we greet in his cradle
our Savior and King!

United Methodist Hymnal, 1989

Author: Josiah G. Holland

Holland, Josiah Gilbert, was born at Belchertown, Massachusetts, July 24, 1819. He was for some time on the staff of the Springfield Republican, and became in 1870 the editor of Scribner's Magazine. He has written several successful books, and some poetical pieces. One of the latter, "For summer's bloom, and autumn's blight" (Praise in and through all things), was included, from Bitter Sweet, 1858, in the Boston Unitarian Hymn [and Tune] Book for the Church & Home, 1868. He died Oct. 12, 1881. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >



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AGO Founders Hymnal #39

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Alleluia #29

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Alleluia #29

American Church and Church School Hymnal #d309

American Church and Church School Hymnal #d307

American Junior Church School Hymnal #d170

Angel Echoes #d86

Back to Bethlehem #d7

Baptist Hymnal 1956 #69

Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d441

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #185

Beautiful Songs for Sunday Schools #d134

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Chalice Hymnal #159


Children's Hymnal #170

Children's Praise and Worship #d165

Choice Light and Life Songs #146

Christian Hymnways #d167

Christian Praise #d376

Christian Service Songs #293

Christian Song #d347

Christian Worship, a Hymnal. Special ed. #d436

Christian Worship #198

Crown of Glory #d105

Crusader Hymns and Hymn Stories #d242

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Elmhurst Hymnal #67

Epworth Praises #d213

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Every Sabbath #132

Exalt His Name #243

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Favorite Hymns of Praise #85

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Forms and Hymns for Christmas #37

Free Methodist Hymnal #d610

Free Will Baptist Hymn Book #d330

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Gates of Praise #174

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Gates of Praise #174

Gems of Christian Song #d43

Glorious Tidings #d147

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Good News #3

Great Hymns of the Faith #97

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Hymnal for American Youth #81

Hymnal of the Church of God #83

Hymnal, a Teacher's Manual. Vol. 1 #d116


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #134

Hymns for Junior Worship #d104

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Hymns of Faith #121

Hymns of Faith and Life #d470

Hymns of Glorious Praise #d399

Hymns of Grace #d440

Hymns of the Christian Life. Rev. ed. #d488

Hymns of Truth and Praise #148

Hymns of Worship and Service for Sunday Schools #d242

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Hymns of Worship and Service #79


Hymns We Love #245

Immanuel Hymnal #d485

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In Excelsis for School and Chapel #85

In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d270

Inspirational Songs for Sunday School, Social Worship, Missionary and Evangelistic Work #d251

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Inspiring Hymns #53

Jehovah's Praise #d241

Joy and Gladness for the Sunday School and Home #d129

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Joyful Songs; a choice collection of new Sunday School music #48

Junior Chorus Choir #d31

Junior Church School Hymnal #d170

Junior Hymnal #d186

Junior Youth Hymnal #d174

Let Youth Praise Him #d125

Let Youth Praise Him. 2nd ed. #d98

Life Songs No. 2 #d275

Light and Life Songs No. 3 #d251

Melodies of Grace and Hope #d222

Mennonite Brethren Church Hymnal #70

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Minnetonka Songs #5

New Junior Songs #d115

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On Wings of Song #211

Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d270

Prayer and Praise Book #d169

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Prayer and Praise #341

Rejoice Hymns #211


Revival Hymns and Choruses #161

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Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #173

Scripture and Song in Worship #d68

Services and Songs for use in the Junior Department of the Church School #d79

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #120

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Shook's Song Evangelist #80

Sing Unto the Lord #d120

Singing Worship with Boys and Girls #d101

Singing Youth #d119

Singing Youth #d225

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Song Worship for Sunday Schools #142

Songs for Christian Worship #d271

Songs for Juniors #d141

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Songs for the Sunday School #116

Songs of hope #d237

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Songs of Love and Praise (for Sabbath-Schools, Prayer-Meetings, and Family Circle) #122

Songs of Praise for Schools #d62

Songs of salvation #d80

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Songs of the Soul #86

Soul Songs for Sunday Schools #d135

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #420

Standard Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #d317


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