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


Horatius Bonar

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, sec­ond ser­ies (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1861), pag­es 296–97, alt.

Music: I Speak of Beth­le­hem Scott Wer­de­baugh, 2019 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Scott Werdebaugh


They speak to me of princely Tyre,
That old Phoenician gem,
Great Sidon’s daughter of the north;
But I will speak of Bethlehem.

They speak of Rome and Babylon―
What can compare with them?
So let them praise their pride and pomp;
But I will speak of Bethlehem.

They praise the hundred-gated Thebes,
Old Mizraim’s diadem,
The city of the sand-girt Nile,
But I will speak of Bethlehem.

They speak of Athens, star of Greece,
Th’Acropolis of fame;
Its haunts of wisdom, art so fair,
But I will speak of Bethlehem.

Dear town, where Heav’n came down to earth,
Where Jesse’s stem did bloom,
Where Jacob’s star first shone; of thee
I’ll speak, O happy Bethlehem!