Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

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Isaac H. Meredith
1872–1962

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 2, ed­it­ed by Is­aac Me­re­dith & Grant C. Tul­lar (New York: Tul­lar-Me­re­dith, 1912), num­ber 225.

Music: Is­aac H. Me­re­dith (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals give the com­pos­er as Brough­ton Ed­wards, one of Me­re­dith’s pseu­do­nyms.

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Eliza E. Hewitt
1851–1920

Lyrics

Let the laur­el twine,
With the frag­rant pine,
And the hol­ly ber­ries gay;
Let our hearts be light,
And our fire­sides bright,
On the hap­py Christ­mas Day.

Refrain

Hail, hail, O hail the hap­py day!
Joy, joy, O hear the an­gels say;
Let us cheer the sad
With the tid­ings glad,
Unto you is born,
Hear the bless­èd word
Unto you is born a Sav­ior,
Christ, the Lord.

Trim the fes­tive tree,
Keeping ju­bi­lee;
We will spread good will and cheer;
For the Sav­ior born
Comforts those who mourn,
And His birth­day now is here.

Refrain

Outward signs of joy
We would not de­stroy,
While our we bless­ings re­call;
But the bless­èd love
Of the King above,
Is the great­est joy of all.

Refrain