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The Light of Bethlehem

'Tis Christmas night, the pure snow a flock unnumbered lies

Author: John B. Tabb, 1845-1909
Tune: ['Tis Christmas night, the pure snow a flock unnumbered lies]
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Representative Text

1. ’Tis Christmas night, the pure snow a flock unnumbered lies;
The old Judean flocks aglow keep watch within the skies
An icy stillness closer holds the pulses of the breathless night,
And all the Christmas night, the angel stars shine bright
For Bethlehem’s light, for Bethlehem’s light.

2. A mystery deeper still folds the wondering hosts of light,
Till, lo, with holy reverence pale, that dims each diadem,
The lordliest earthward bending, hail the living light of Bethlehem,
Glad Bethlehem’s living light, the holy Christmas light,
Glad Bethlehem’s light, the living light.

Author: John B. Tabb, 1845-1909

John Banister Tabb, 1845-1910; priest, poet; b. Va.; Confederate solider and prisoner of war; ordained Roman Catholic priest, 1884; taught English at St. Charles College, Md. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Tis Christmas night, the pure snow a flock unnumbered lies
Title: The Light of Bethlehem
Author: John B. Tabb, 1845-1909
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #3793
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