The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Out The Azure Sky Above

For Christmas

Words: Rev. F. Maynard

Music: H. C. Morris

Source: Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 44, pp. 58-59.

1. From out the azure sky above
The stars were shining bright,
When all was calm, and peace, and still,
On that first Christmas night,
When God from heav'n to earth came down
A simple Child to be,
Born of the handmaid of the Lord,
O wondrous mystery.

2. Then Joseph came from Nazareth
For Caesar's tax to pay,
They came to lowly Bethlehem
The eve of Christmas day.
There was no room within the inn,
Nor place where they could stay.
And so the holy night they passed,
Where ox and ass did lay.

3. And there the Virgin Mother bore
The Son they did expect,
of whom the seers had long foretold,
That people should reject.
Now when the Royal Babe was born,
Before the break of day;
The choirs of heaven were heard on high
To chant this sacred lay.

4. “All glory be to God on high”
Both now and evermore;
Let “ peace on earth, good will to men”
Resound from shore to shore.
Now when the shepherds saw the star,
And heard the angels sing,
Their hearts were filled with ecstasy,
To see the new-born King.

5. Now say, shall we not wend our way
Unto the manger throne,
And bow the knee most reverently,
Our new-born King to own?
Yes, gladly will we prostrate fall
To worship and adore,
That shall our hearts with ecstasy
Be filled evermore.

 

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 44, pp. 58-59.

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