The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There's a Song In The Air

This Christmas Hymn is For Denise

Words: Josiah Gilbert Holland, from The Marble Prophecy and Other Poems, 1872, and in The Brilliant, by W. T. Giffe, 1874.

Music: "Christmas Song," Karl Pomeroy Harrington, 1904
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Alternate tunes: •Kolding •Stella (Wathall)

Compare: There's A Star In The Sky

1. There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky!
There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

2. There's a tumult of joy o'er the wonderful birth,
For the virgin's sweet Boy is the Lord of the earth.
Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

3. In the light of that star lie the ages impearled;
And that song from afar has swept over the world.
Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing
In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King!

4. We rejoice in the light, and we echo the song
That comes down through the night from the heavenly throng.
Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,
And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King!

Notes:

In the setting by Rev. George E. Martin (see below), there is this added refrain:

And the Star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King.
Ay! the Star rains its fire, and the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King.

Also in this setting, the last line of each verse is repeated.

Sheet Music by Rev. George E. Martin from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #486
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Sheet Music "Christmas Carol" by I. H. Meredith from I. H. Meredith and Grant Colfax Tullar, Sunday School Hymns No. 2. New York: Tullar-Meredith Co., 1912, Hymn #226.
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Sheet Music by J. F. Ohl, 1926, from The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926, #55.

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