The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When Jordan Hush'd His Waters Still

Christmas Hymn

For Christmas Eve

Version 3

When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still - Version 1
 When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still - Version 2

Words: T. Campbell (1777-1844)

Music: Not Stated
Meter: L. M.

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 35

1. When Jordan hush’d his waters still,
And silence slept on Syon’s1 hill,
When Bethlem’s2 shepherds through the night
Watch’d o’er their flocks by starry light,

2. Lo! swift to every startled eye
New streams of glory fire the sky;
Heaven’s azure gates are oped to pour
Its armies on the midnight hour.

3. On wheels of light, on wings of flame
The gratulating myriads came
High heav’n with songs of triumph rung,
While loud they struck their harps and sung:

4. “To God, the Lord of power and might,
Be glory in the highest height,
For peace on earth proclaim’d agen,
And tidings of goodwill to men.”


1. Or: Zion's. Return

2. Or: Bethlehem's. Return

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