1. Sing we now of joy and gladness,
Christ our King come down to earth,
Frees mankind from pain and sadness,
Hail th' Incarnate Saviour's birth.
List, angelic strains are streaming
Through the Orient skies,
Look, celestial light is beaming
On the wond'ring shepherds' eyes.
2. Haste we then, this birthday morning,
To the Bethlehem cattle-shed;
Heed we not, tho' scant adorning
Deck the lowly manger bed:
Though man's fleshly form He weareth,
In His birth-place bare,
He the Eternal Kingdom shareth
Christ Himself is cradled there.
3. Offer we in plenteous measure
Gold and gem and costly spice,
If our hearts accept our treasure
He'll accept the sacrifice:
If to Him our life be given,
Raised from earth our eyes,
He will grant us rest in heaven,
In His rest - in Paradise.
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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