The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Begin A Joyful Song

For Christmas

Words: John Cahill

Source: Archibald Alexander, A Selection of Hymns (New York : Jonathan Leavitt, et al., 1831), #46.

Meter: S.M.

The Nativity of Christ.

Luke ii. 11.

1 Begin a joyful song,
To hail this happy morn :
Glad tidings from an angel's tongue,
" This day is Jesus born !"

2 What comforts doth his Name
To sinful men afford !
His glorious titles we proclaim —
" A Saviour— Christ— the Lord ?"

3 Now wrapped in swaddling-bands.
Behold the Eternal Son !
A stable for his palace stands,
A manger for his throne !

4 Glory to God on high,
All hail the happy morn !
Come, join the anthems of the sky —
" This day is Jesus born !"

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