The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Lovely Voices Of The Sky

Alternate Title: Christmas Carol

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Words: Felicia Dorothea (nee Browne) Hemans (1793-1835) in her Hymns for Childhood (1827), pp. 24-25 (in the edition of Henry F. Anners, Philadelphia, 1840); it also appears in her Poetical Works (New York: 1828). Some sources erroneously give attribution to H. Alexander Matthews.

Music:" O Lovely Voices of the Sky" from Hutchins (below)
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Source: The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. 30-31.

O lovely voices of the sky,
That hymned the Saviour's birth!
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, “Peace on earth”?
To us yet speak the strains
Wherewith, in days gone by,
Ye bless'd the Syrian swains,
O voices of the sky!

O clear and shining light, whose beams,
That hour Heaven's glory shed
Around the palms, and o'er the streams,
And on the shepherd's head;
Be near, through life and death,
As in that holiest night
Of hope, and joy, and faith,
O clear and shining light!

O star which led to Him, whose love
Brought down man's ransom free;
Where art thou? – 'midst the hosts above,
May we still gaze on thee! –
In heaven thou art not set,
Thy rays earth might not dim,
Send them to guide us yet,
O star which led to Him!

Sheet Music: Carol 164, Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

Sheet Music: Carol 745 by Oliver King, Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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Sheet Music: Carol #128 from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894)

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Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #45

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