The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! What Sounds Salute Our Ears

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), Hymn VI, p. 6.

We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
Matt. ii. 2.

1 Hark! what sounds salute our ears,
"Christ The Lord at length appears:"
"Unto us a son is giv'n:"
Angels bring the news from heav'n.

2 Come, ye saints, arise and sing,
Glory be to God our King!
"Unto us a child is born,"
Zion is no more forlorn.

3 Who are these that come from far,
Led by Jacob's rising star?
Lo! they gather like a cloud,
Or as doves their windows crowd.

4 Strangers these, to Zion come,
There to seek a peaceful home.
Zion wonders at the sight;
Zion feels a strange delight.

5 Zion now no more shall sigh;
God will raise her glory high:
He will send a large increase;
He will give her people peace.

6 Sons of Zion, sing aloud;
See her sky without a cloud:
God will make her joy complete:
Zion's sun shall never set.

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