The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bright And Joyful Is The Morn

For Christmas

Words: James Montgomery (1771-1854); first appeared in A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, 8th edition, by Thomas Cotterill, 1819.

Music: "Alcester" Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Also J. D. Jones (1827-1870)
And Mendelssohn.

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 34

1. Bright and joyful is the morn,
For to us a Child is born
From the highest realms of heaven
Unto us a Son is given.

2. On his shoulder he shall bear
Power and majesty, and wear
On his vesture and his thigh
Names most awful, names most high.

3. Wonderful in counsel he,
Christ, the incarnate Deity:
Sire of ages ne’er to cease,
King of kings, and Prince of peace.

4. Come and worship at his feet,
Yield to Christ the homage meet,
From his manger to his throne,
Homage due to God alone.

Sheet Music from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #12, p. 29.

Sheet music from A. B. Goodrich, ed., A New Service And Tune Book For Sunday Schools (New York: Gen. Prot. Episc. S. S. Union and Church Book Society, 1863, New Edition, Enlarged, 1866), #14, p. 35.

Notes indicate same tune as #13, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing:"

Editor's Note

Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 18, with one change in the second line of the third verse, the word "Christ" is omitted.

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