The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Angel's Sweet Refrain

Words: Grant Colfax Tullar

Music: I. H. Meredith
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Source: I. H. Meredith, Grant Colfax Tullar and J. W. Lerman eds., Sunday School Hymns No. 1. New York: Tullar-Meredith Co., 1903, # 258.

1. As the shepherds watched at midnight
    On the hills so far away
Suddenly a light at midnight
    Turning midnight into day.
Then each heart was filled with wonder
    For they could not understand
Why the angel host that gathered
    Brought to them such music grand.

Angels, sing your sweet refrain --
    Glory in the highest, glory!
    Tell the waiting earth your story
Of the Christ who came to reign.
Sing -- sing that sweet song again,
    Earth and sky repeat the story --
    Glory in the highest, glory!
On earth peace, good will to men.

2. All the earth was clothed with beauty
    When there came that angel throng,
Ev'ry heart was filled with gladness
    As they listened to the song:
Never had they heard such music,
    Or beheld such wondrous light,
Filling all the earth such glory,
    As the angel bro't that night. Chorus.

3. Tho' we could not hear the angels
    Singing forth their glad refrain'
We can celebrate His birthday
    As it comes to us again.
We can, like the shepherds, worship,
    Lay our lives at Jesus' feet;
    With our hearts we can adore Him
And the angels' song repeat. Chorus.

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