A Carol For Christmas Eve
Words: Louis F. Benson, November 29, 1917
Source: Louis F. Benson, Hymns Original And Translated (Philadelphia: The Plimpton Press, 1925)
1. The winter night was dark and still,
The village lay asleep;
In meadows underneath the hill
The shepherds watched their sheep:
The shepherds watched their sheep, good Lord,
But angels watched o'er Thee,
While Mary held Thee to her heart,
And they sang jubilee.
2. As now the Yule-log glows aflame,
And winds without run wild,
We softly speak the blessed Name
They gave Thee as a child,
They gave Thee as a child, good Lord;
O winter winds, be still!
O Christmas star, shine down again
On meadow and on hill!
3. Lord Jesus, look from Heaven above,
And come, Lord Jesus, here;
To fill our home with Christmas love
Our hearts with Christmas cheer,
Our hearts with Christmas cheer, good Lord;
And happy may we be,
All lads and maidens in our homes
And sailor boys at sea.
4. O Mary's Son, for her sweet sake
All womankind is blest;
We praise Thy Name when first we wake,
And when we go to rest:
And when we go to rest, good Lord,
Our nightly thanks are given
For all good mothers, — some on earth,
And some with Thine in Heaven.
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