The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! The Joyful Christmas Greeting

Words: Anonymous

Music: F. T. Southwick
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #152

1. Hark! the joyful Christmas greeting
Which the merry Church bells ring.
As they tell the wondírous story
And proclaim the Heavínly King
For in Davidís royal city,
Unto us a child is born,
And to us a Son is given,
On this happy Christmas morn.

2. Trustfully the sages sought Him
When they saw the star arise,
Beaming brightly, beckoning onward,
Moving through the Eastern skies.
And above a lowly stable
Soon it rested, shining clear;
Entering, the wise men found Him
In a manger rough and drear.

3. Precious gifts of gold and spices
From the Orient they brought;
Low in adoration, bending
To the King whose throne they sought.
In no robe of royal purple
Was he clothed, as princes wear,
But in humblest garb, the Saviour
Came our earthly lot to share.

4. As the wise men brought their treasures,
Offering them on bended knee,
So may we our prayer and praises
Ever offer, Lord, to Thee.
Let us then, with glad Hosannas,
Sing His praise with sweet accord,
Who was born this day to save us:
Jesus, Saviour, Christ, the Lord.

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #152

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