Today in Bethlehem hear I

Representative Text

1 Today in Bethlehem hear I
Sweet angel voices singing—
All Glory be to God on High
Who Peace to earth is bringing.

2 The Virgin Mary holdeth more
Than highest Heav’n most holy:
Light shines on what was dark before,
And lifteth up the lowly.

3 God wills that peace should be in earth
And holy exultation:
Sweet Babe, I greet Thy spotless birth
And wondrous Incarnation.

4 Today in Bethlehem hear I
Even the lowly singing:
With angel words they pierce the sky
All earth with joy is ringing.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13114

Translator: W. Chatterton Dix

Most British hymn writers in the nineteenth century were clergymen, but William C. Dix (b. Bristol, England, 1837; d. Cheddar, Somerset, England, 1898) was a notable exception. Trained in the business world, he became the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, Scotland. Dix published various volumes of his hymns, such as Hymns of Love and Joy (1861) and Altar Songs: Verses on the Holy Eucharist (1867). A number of his texts were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Alterer: St. John of Damascus

Eighth-century Greek poet John of Damascus (b. Damascus, c. 675; d. St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, c. 754) is especially known for his writing of six canons for the major festivals of the church year. John's father, a Christian, was an important official at the court of the Muslim caliph in Damascus. After his father's death, John assumed that position and lived in wealth and honor. At about the age of forty, however, he became dissatisfied with his life, gave away his possessions, freed his slaves, and entered the monastery of St. Sabas in the desert near Jerusalem. One of the last of the Greek fathers, John became a great theologian in the Eastern church. He defended the church's use of icons, codified the practices of Byzantine chant, and wr… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Today in Bethlehem hear I
Greek Title: Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ
Translator: W. Chatterton Dix
Alterer: St. John of Damascus
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


CONSTANCE (Sullivan)

Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed CONSTANCE for James G. Small's hymn text "I've Found a Friend, O Such a Friend"; the sentiment of that text explains the tune title. That text and tune were published in the Swedenborgian New Church Hymn Book (1874). CONSTANCE is a solid Victorian tune with a fi…

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The Cyber Hymnal #13114

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