1. Mortals, awake, the morning is breaking,
Christians, rejoice, for the day is at hand;
See in the manger the Infant adoring,
Shepherds and Angels, a wondering band.
Who is the tender Babe gently reposing
Mid cattle and strangers in yon humble stall?
Tis Christ the Anointed, who, from the beginning,
Is Sov'reign, Creator, and Lord over all.
Hail the Incarnate One, Holy and Glorious,
Saviour, Emmanuel, God with us.
2. Shepherds, arise, reveal the strange
How through the darkness there shone all around
Light far exceeding the sun in its glory;
Trembling ye gaz'd as ye lay on the ground;
How there appeared an Angel declaring
The message of mercy: "Glad tidings I bring,"
Salvation on high for mankind preparing,
Earth has received a Heavenly King. Chorus
3. Morals fall down in devout adoration,
Christians unite in the heavenly strains;
Join in the chorus of loud exultation
Carol'd by Angels on Palestine's plains,
Let the still air ring with music sublimest,
And echo in praises creation to fill;
All honour and glory to God in the Highest,
Peace be on Earth, unto all men good will. Chorus
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #30
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