Song For Christmas

Representative Text

1 To Christ in Bethlehem
Joyful the wise men came,
Led by the star;
Kneeling in reverent prayer,
Rich gifts they offered there:
Frankincense, gold, and myrrh,
Brought from afar.

2 To Christ in manger laid
Shepherds their homage paid,
By angels sent;
Leaving their flock afield,
Their service glad to yield,
To wondering men revealed
His great advent.

3 In every circling year,
Are told the tidings dear
Of star and song;
To Christ, our glorious king,
Our hearts and gifts we bring,
Join all His name to sing,
His praise prolong.

Author: William Chambers Wilbor

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Text Information

First Line: To Christ in Bethlehem
Title: Song For Christmas
Author: William Chambers Wilbor
Source: Ode to Niagara and Other Poems (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1911), alt.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796) composed ITALIAN HYMN in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Mar…

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