Scripture Verse

Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

Introduction

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John H. Tenney (1840–1918)

Words: Ed­en R. Lat­ta, in The Bea­con Light, by John Ten­ney & Eli­sha A. Hof­fman (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1881), pag­es 104–05.

Music: John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Eden R. Latta (1839–1915)

Lyrics

Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas, full of cheer,
To our hap­py spi­rits wel­come here!
Joyfully to­ge­ther now we meet;
With the best of wish­es all we greet;
Many are the vows of friend­ship true,
On this day so sac­red pledged anew;
Many are the gifts of love we bring,
While for very glad­ness now we sing.

Refrain

Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas!
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas!
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas,
Welcome here!
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas!
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas!
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas!
Welcome here!
[Repeat]

Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas, full of glee,
To our hap­py homes we wel­come thee!
From the lof­ty stee­ple ring the bell!
Let the gen­tle tones of mu­sic swell!
Joyfully to­ge­ther we will sing,
And to our Re­deem­er trib­ute bring;
Bring the deep­est love our hearts can give,
Unto Him who died that we might live.

Refrain

Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas, dawns once more;
Let us with the Ma­gi now adore!
O the ever bless­èd Christ­mas day,
When with­in the man­ger Je­sus lay,
And the won­der­ing shep­herds on the plain,
Listened to the joy­ous an­gel strain;
Listened to the sto­ry, now so old,
Of the Sav­ior’s birth, so long fore­told!

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