The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye

A Reading For the Christmas-tide

Words Adapted from The Holy Bible
The Book of Isaiah,
The Book of Malachi,
The Gospel of Matthew, and
The Gospel of Luke
The King James Version

Source: A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 21.

Comfort ye, Comfort ye my people saith your God !
speak ye comfortably unto Jerusalem,
and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together ;
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us

O thou that tellest goods tidings to Zion,
lift up your voice, be not afraid,
say unto the cities of Judah,
Behold your God.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people ;
but the Lord shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee,
for, behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,
and shall gather the lambs with his arms,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Sing, O Heav'ns, and be joyful O earth,
for the Lord hath done it;
shout ye lower parts of the earth,
for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
and glorified himself in Israel.

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and he shall save his people from their sins.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace and good-will towards men.

Hallelujah, Amen.

Editor's Note:

The following books and verses from the Holy Bible, King James Version, were used in this reading:

For a fuller listing, see Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People - Book and Verse

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