Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: G. B. Mac­Kee. The first known ap­pear­ance of these words was in an un­known pub­li­ca­tion print­ed by Mc­Cal­la & Stave­ly of Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1883. The word­ing sug­gests the song was writ­ten for young peo­ple’s use.

Music: H. W. Por­ter (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mac­Kee or Por­ter’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them, (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

There rose on the air a sweet, sweet song
That told of a Savior’s birth;
The song of that pure and holy throng
That brought good news to the earth.

Refrain

Jesus, our Savior, we hail Thee as our king.
Jesus, our Savior, to Thee our hearts we bring.
Hail, all hail! O hail the King of Glory.
Praise and magnify His holy name.

Glad tidings of joy to man they bring,
Your Savior is born this day!
As angels the sweet, sweet song still sing,
We’ll join in their heavenly lay.

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Thro’ mountain and vale the sweet song rang,
Glad tidings of joy we bring!
The mountains echoed the song they sang,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

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Our Savior who on that day was born,
Was the bright and morning Star;
We’ll walk in His light both night and morn,
Till we reach our home afar.

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Savior, to Thee our young hearts we give,
To Thee sweetest praises we sing;
Our love and our lives to Thee we give;
Accept the off’ring we bring.

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