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147 Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke ii : 11.

1 Christians! awake, salute the happy morn,

Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born;
Rise to adore the mystery of love,
Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,

Who heard th' angelic herald's voice: Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth,
To you and all the nations upon earth!
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word ;
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.

3 He spake: and straightway the celestial choir

In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And heaven's whole orb with hallelujah's rang;
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will!

4 To Bethlehem straight th’ enlightened shepherds ran,

To see the wonder God had wrought for man;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return.
While their glad hearts with holy rapture burn;
To all, the joyful tidings they proclaim,
The first apostles of the Saviour's Name.

5 O may we keep and ponder in our mind

God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind!
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From the poor manger to the bitter cross;
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

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Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. Luke ii : 10.
i Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing;

Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!
Sion the marvelous story be telling,

The Son of the Highest, how lowly His birth!
The brightest archangel in glory excelling,
He stoops to redeem thee, He reigns upon earth.

Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing,

Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!
2 Tell how He cometh; from nation to nation,

The heart-cheering news let the earth echo round:
How free to the faithful He offers salvation,
How His people with joy everlasting are crowned.

Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing;

Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!
3 Mortals, your homage be gratefully bringing,

And sweet let the gladsome Hosanna arise;
Ye angels, the full Alleluia be singing;
One chorus resound through the earth and the skies.

Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing;
Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!

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And the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple. Mal. iii: 1.

I Angels, from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth :

ll:Come and worship,:||
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

2 Shepherds in the field abiding,

Watching o'er your flocks by night;
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship,:||
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

3 Sages, leave your contemplations ;

Brighter visions beam afar :
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen his natal star:

11:Come and worship,: |
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

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