The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Fairest Day That Ever Dawned

For Christmas Day

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)

Music: Not Stated

Source: W. Chatterton Dix, The Pattern of Life, Or, Lessons for Children From The Life Of Our Lord  (London: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), Chapter 4, The Nativity of Our Lord (Dec. 25), "The Best Birthday," Part II, pp. 61-62.

1. O fairest day that ever dawned
    Upon this weary earth.
When Jesus Christ, true God, true Man,
    Our Saviour, came to birth!

2. And yet, within the humble inn
    No room for Him was found;
While all unseen the angel hosts
    Kept watch and ward around.

3. And this Is God Who made the world
    Which will not own His sway;
And this the King who came to turn
    Our darkness into day.

4. Sweet Babe, upon my waiting heart
    Shed forth Thy light divine.
And let me take Thee to myself,
    And ever call Thee mine.

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