The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Holy Was That Night So Fair

Words: A. Campbell

Music: Alfred Hollins
Verses: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Following The Last Verse: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #290

1. Holy was that night so fair,
When to list’ning shepherds near,
Angels chanted loud and clear,
"Glory in the highest."
Hush’d the night, and calm the air.
As the seraph choirs repeat
God’s own salutation sweet,
"Peace on earth from Heaven."

2. To the humble shepherds there,
Kneeling on the quiet earth,
Is revealed the Saviour’s birth,
And His free redemption.
As they marvel, rapt in pray’r,
Now the angels chant again,
God’s good-will to sinful men,
Oh! The joyful tidings.

3. With what rapture, pure and rare,
On that first glad Christmas eve,
Did those simple men receive
Such good news from Heaven!
Lord, who by Thy sacred birth
Joy and peace to man didst bring,
Touch our hearts that we may sing
Praise to Thee unending.

4. Fill our souls with love divine,
May we all Thy children be;
Hear us as we sing to Thee,
"Glory in the highest."
And when life on earth is o’er,
Saviour, take us for Thine own;
May we sing before Thy throne,
Praise and high Thanksgiving.

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After the last verse, if desired:

Glory to the Father be,
Glory unto Christ the Son,
And the spirit, Three in One,
Amen, Alleluia, Amen.

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #290

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