The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Deep The Gloom And Still The Night

Words and Music: Rev. George P. Grantham

Source: Carol 637, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Deep the gloom, and still the night
Cold and damp the weather,
When, the chill night-air despite,
Met three kings together.
One was old with snow-white hair
One the prime of man-hood bare,
And the third a youth, stood there
With the mon the heather.

2. Looking for the promised King,
Who in Eastern quarters,
Soon should spring to life, to rule,
O'er earth's sons and daughters,
Then this eve, while rapt in sleep,
One had roused in accents deep
"Haste ye; watch ye; vigil keep
By Euphrates' waters.

3. Up they spring, and quickly hie,
Each his pathway bending,
Through the chilly mist and gloom,
O'er the earth depending.
How the world in darkness lay,
Till the Day-Star shed its ray,
Nature thus would fain display;
Mystic emblems lending.

4. Then the kinds with solemn gaze
Looked on high beholding;
For the marvel yet to come,
Heaven their spirits moulding,
When behold, with silent awe,
Suddenly the clouds they saw
Like a darkened veil withdraw,
Wonders more unfolding.

5. In a trice a star shone forth,
O! so brightly shining!
Nearer, nearer yet it came,
Still towards earth inclining!
And 'twas shaped - O wondrous sight!
Like a child enthroned in light,
Crowned, though yet, with sceptre bright
Victor - cross combining! [1]

6. Then one cried, "Behold the star
Of which seers have spoken,
Beaming on the land afar,
And of life the token!
Haste we, brothers! let us speed;
See, it moves! It comes to lead
To the Christ, of Judah's seed
Born on line unbroken!"

7. Up they rise, and bend their way,
Toil nor labour sparing,
Over mountain, hill and plain,
Costly treasures bearing. --
So do ye your off'rings make,
Fear no pain for Jesu's sake,
Ever strive heaven's road to take,
For your Lord preparing!

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1. An allusion to a legend, preserved in an ancient Commentary on St. Matthew, that the star, on its first appearance to the Magi, had the form of a radiant child, bearing a sceptre or cross. Return

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins
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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #116

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