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Away in a Manger

Meter: 11.11.11.11 Appears in 518 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 First Line: Away in a manger, no crib for his bed Lyrics: 1 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay; the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. 2 The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes. I love you, Lord Jesus: look down from on high and stay by my side until morning is nigh. 3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care; prepare us for heaven to live with you there. Topics: Christmas Used With Tune: CRADLE SONG Text Sources: USA, 19th century
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Once in Royal David's City

Author: Cecil F. Alexander Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7 Appears in 380 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:4-7 Lyrics: 1 Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed. Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child. 2 He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall. With the poor, oppressed, and lowly, Lived on earth our Savior holy. 3 Jesus is our childhood's pattern; Day by day, like us He grew; He was little, weak and helpless, Tears and smiles like us He knew; And He feels for all our sadness, And He shares in all our gladness. 4 And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love, For that Child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above; And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone. Used With Tune: IRBY
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Silent Night, Holy Night

Author: Joseph Mohr; John Freeman Young Meter: Irregular Appears in 604 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:5-20 Lyrics: 1 Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin mother and Child! Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. 2 Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing "Alleluia; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!" 3 Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. 4 Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend thy light; With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born! German: 1 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Alles schläft, einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar, Holder Knabe mit lockigem Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! 2 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Alleluja Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ der Retter ist da, Christ der Retter ist da! 3 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht Lieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund, Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund’, Christ, in deiner Geburt, Christ, in deiner Geburt! Used With Tune: STILLE NACHT
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What Child Is This

Author: William C. Dix Meter: 8.7.8.7 with refrain Appears in 197 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:6-20 First Line: What child is this who, laid to rest Refrain First Line: This, this is Christ the King Lyrics: 1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? Refrain: This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary. 2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. (Refrain) 3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him. (Refrain) Topics: Christ's Gracious Life Birth and Baptism; Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Epiphany; Christ's Gracious Life Birth and Baptism; Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Epiphany; Jesus Christ; Salvation Used With Tune: GREENSLEEVES
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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Author: Phillips Brooks Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 804 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:4-14 Lyrics: 1 O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. 2 For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth! And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth! 3 How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming, But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in. 4 O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in, Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel! Used With Tune: FOREST GREEN
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Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Author: James Montgomery, 1771-1854 Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7 Appears in 736 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:6-18 Refrain First Line: Come and worship Lyrics: 1 Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth; You who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth: Refrain: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King. 2 Shepherds, in the field abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night, God on earth is now residing; Yonder shines the infant light: (Refrain) 3 Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations, You have seen His morning star: (Refrain) 4 Though an infant now we view him, He shall fill his heav'nly throne, Gather all the nations to him; Ev'ry knee shall then bow down: (Refrain) Topics: Seasons and Feasts Epiphany Used With Tune: REGENT SQUARE Text Sources: Christmas Box, 1825 (st. 4)
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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Author: Edith M. G. Reed Meter: 4.4.7.4.4.7.4.4.4.4.7 Appears in 92 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:6-20 Lyrics: 1. Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall; oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the babe is Lord of all. 2. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you. Topics: Christ's Gracious Life Birth and Baptism; Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Epiphany; Christ's Gracious Life Birth and Baptism; Children's Choir Selections; Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Epiphany; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ Lordship Used With Tune: W ZLOBIE LEZY Text Sources: Polish carol
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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Author: Nahum Tate Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 1,058 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night Lyrics: 1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, an angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around. 2 "Fear not," said he for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind "glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind. 3 "To you, in David's town, this day is born of David's line a Savior, who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign: 4 "The heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all simply wrapped in swaddling clothes and in a manger laid." 5 Thus spoke the angel. Suddenly appeared a shining throng of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song: 6 "All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace; to those on whom his favor rests goodwill shall never cease." Topics: Biblical Names & Places David; Songs for Children Bible Songs; Angels; Biblical Names & Places David; Christmas Used With Tune: WINCHESTER OLD
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O Come, All Ye Faithful

Meter: Irregular Appears in 689 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:4-7 Refrain First Line: O come, let us adore him Lyrics: 1 O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold him, born the King of angels; Refrain: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! 2 God of God, Light of Light eternal, lo, he abhors not the virgin's womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; (Refrain) 3 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye bright hosts of heaven above: "Glory to God, all glory in the highest!" (Refrain) 4 Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning: Jesus, to thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: (Refrain) Topics: Know Christmas/Birth of Christ Used With Tune: ADESTE FIDELES
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Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Author: John Mason Neale Meter: 6.6.7.7.7.8.5.5 Appears in 209 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:7 Lyrics: 1 Good Christian friends, rejoice With heart, and soul, and voice; Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today; Ox and ass before Him bow, And He is in the manger now. Christ is born today! Christ is born today! 2 Good Christian friends, rejoice, With heart, and soul and voice; Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath opened heaven's door, And we are blest forevermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this! 3 Good Christian friends, rejoice, With heart and soul and voice; Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all, To gain the everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! Used With Tune: IN DULCI JUBILO Text Sources: Medieval Latin carol

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