The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Say O My Soul What Wondrous Light

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Christmas Day, 1814, To Be Sung at the Methodist New Chapel, Waltham Street, Hull, (Hull: Topping & Dazson, 1814), Hymn #10, p. 11.

1. Say O my Soul what wondrous light,
Was that, which through the gloom of night ;
Burst forth on Bethl'ems honoured plains,
And fill'd with fear the astontsh'd swains.

2. What angel that, which from on high,
With dazzling glories fill'd the sky;
What the bright host who with him there,
In vast and shining crowds appear.

3. Glory on high they sing to God,
And peace on earth they soiled abroad;
Good-will to men they loud proclaim,
Thro' an incarnate Saviour's name.

4. Blest light, blest angel, blessed host,
Blest song, blest tidings to the lost;
Well might the heavens such scenes display,
'Twas God the Saviour's natal day.

5. Then, O my soul, and all around,
Join, and your tongs to heaven resound ;
Hail glorious day when Christ came down,
To make his love to mortals known.

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