Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10

Introduction

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Julia H. Johnston
1849–1919

Words: Ju­lia H. Johns­ton, 1911.

Music: Will­iam A. Post (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Post (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of John­ston,

Lyrics

Christmas Day! O hap­py mea­sure,
How its songs and puls­es thrill!
How its greet­ings and its trea­sure
All our hearts with glad­ness fill!
Let the winds of win­ter, blow­ing,
Toss the snow­flakes in the air;
Sunlight in the heart is glow­ing,
Christmas Day is al­ways fair.

Refrain

Happy day, happy day,
Full of light and heav’n­ly love,
Hear us sing, heav’n­ly King,
Grateful songs to Thee above;
All the way, all the way,
Let us sing our song of cheer,
Joyous Christ­mas now is here,
Christmas Day!

Christmas Day, with joy un­fail­ing,
Comes to bring us neare­r Christ;
To this earth, o’er sin pre­vail­ing,
He has brought the gift, un­priced:
Coming from the heav’n­ly ci­ty,
Leaving yon­der throne and crown,
In His ten­der­ness and pi­ty,
Jesus brought sal­va­tion down.

Refrain

Hail, all hail the heav’n­ly Stran­ger,
Peace on earth He came to bring;
Cradled in a low­ly man­ger,
Yet our Sav­ior, Lord and King.
Gladsome day, lift up your voices,
Sing with joy the Christ­mas song;
Heav’n above with earth re­joic­es,
Praise Him with yon shin­ing throng.

Refrain