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1. Once in Royal David's City

Verse 1

Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed
Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little child


Verse 2

He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable
And His cradle was a stall
With the poor and mean and lowly
Lived on earth our Saviour holy


Verse 3

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone


Verse 4

Not in that poor lowly stable
With the oxen standing by
We shall see Him but in heaven
Set at God's right hand on high
When like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around

2. O Little Town of Bethlehem

Verse 1

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep
And dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by


Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light
The hopes and fears
Of all the years
Are met in thee tonight


Verse 2

O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing
To God the King
And peace upon the earth


For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep
The angels keep
Their watch of wond'ring love


Verse 3

How silently how silently
The wondrous gift is giv'n
So God imparts
To human hearts
The blessings of His heav'n


No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will
Receive Him still
The dear Christ enters in


Verse 4

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin
And enter in
Be born in us today


We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us
Abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
 

3. Silent Night

Verse 1

Silent night Holy night
All is calm All is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant So tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Verse 2

Silent night Holy night
Shepherds quake At the sight
Glories stream From heaven afar
Heav'nly hosts Sing alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born
Christ the Saviour is born


Verse 3

Silent night Holy night
Son of God Love's pure light
Radiant beams From Thy holy face
With the dawn Of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at Thy birth
Jesus Lord at Thy birth

4. Hark the Herald Angel Sing

Verse 1

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled


Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic hosts proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem

 

Chorus

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King


Verse 2

Christ by highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of the Virgin's womb


Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus our Emmanuel

Chorus

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King


Verse 3

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings


Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Chorus

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King


Verse 4

Come Desire of nations come
Fix in us Thy humble home
Rise the woman's conquering seed
Bruise in us the serpent's head


Adam’s likeness now efface
Stamp Thine image in its place
Second Adam from above
Reinstate us in Thy love

Chorus

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King

5. Joy to the World

Verse 1

Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart
Prepare Him room


And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n
And nature sing


Verse 2

Joy to the earth
The Saviour reigns
Your sweetest songs employ
While fields and streams
And hills and plains


Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat repeat
The sounding joy


Verse 3

No more let sins
And sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow


Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as far as
The curse is found


Verse 4

He rules the world
With truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness


The wonders of His love
The wonders of His love
The wonders wonders
Of His love

6. See Him Lying in a Bed of Straw

Verse 1

See Him lying on a bed of straw
A draughty stable with an open door
Mary cradling the babe she bore
The Prince of glory is His name


Chorus

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem
To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then
The prince of glory when he came


Verse 2

Star of silver sweep across the skies
Show where Jesus in the manger lies
Shepherds swiftly from your stupor rise
To see the Saviour of the world

Chorus

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem
To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then
The prince of glory when he came


Verse 3

Angels sing again the song you sang
Sing the glory of God's gracious plan
Sing that Bethl'em's little baby can
Be the Saviour of us all

Chorus

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem
To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then
The prince of glory when he came


Verse 4

Mine are riches from Your poverty
From Your innocence eternity
Mine forgiveness by Your death for me
Child of sorrow for my joy

 

Chorus

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem
To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then
The prince of glory when he came

7. Away in a Manger

Verse 1

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head


The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay


Verse 2

The cattle are lowing
The Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes


I love Thee Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side
Until morning is nigh


Verse 3

Be near me Lord Jesus
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray


Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven
To live with Thee there

8. O Come All Ye Faithful

Verse 1

O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye O come ye
To Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels


Chorus

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord


Verse 2

God of God
Light of Light
Lo He abhors not
The virgin's womb
Very God
Begotten not created

Chorus

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord


Verse 3

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens
Of heaven above
Glory to God
In the highest

Chorus

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

9. The first Noel

Verse 1

The first Noel
The angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay

In fields where they
Lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night
That was so deep

Chorus

Noel Noel
Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Verse 2

They looked up
And saw a star
Shining in the east
Beyond them far

And to the earth
It gave great light
And so it continued
Both day and night

Chorus

Noel Noel
Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Verse 3

Then entered in
Those wise men three
Full rev'rently
Upon the knee

And offered there
In His presence
Their gold and myrrh
And frankincense

Chorus

Noel Noel
Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

 

Verse 4

Then let us all
With one accord
Sing praises to
Our Heavenly Lord

That hath made heaven
And earth of nought
And with His blood
Mankind hath bought

Chorus

Noel Noel
Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

10. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Verse 1

While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around


Verse 2

Fear not said he
For mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind


Verse 3

To you in David's town this day
Is born of David's line
The Saviour
Who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign


Verse 4

The heavenly babe
You there shall find
To human view displayed
All meanly wrapped
In swaddling bands
And in a manger laid


Verse 5

Thus spake the seraph
And forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God who thus
Addressed their joyful song


Verse 6

All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace
Goodwill hence forth
From heaven to men
Begin and never cease

11. As With Gladness Men of Old

Verse 1

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward beaming bright
So most gracious Lord may we
Evermore be led to Thee


Verse 2

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heav'n and earth adore
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat


Verse 3

As their precious gifts they laid
At Thy manger roughly made
So may we with holy joy
Pure and free from sin's alloy
All our costliest treasures bring
Christ to Thee our heav'nly King


Verse 4

Holy Jesus ev'ry day
Keep us in the narrow way
And when earthly things are past
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide
Where no clouds Thy glory hide


Verse 5

In the heav'nly country bright
Need they no created light
Thou its light its joy its crown
Thou its sun which goes not down
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King

12. We Three Kings

Verse 1

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we travel afar
Field and fountain
Moor and mountain
Following yonder star


Chorus

O star of wonder
Star of night
Star with royal
Beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy perfect light


Verse 2

Born a King on Bethlehem plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever
Ceasing never
Over us all to reign


Chorus

O star of wonder
Star of night
Star with royal
Beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy perfect light


Verse 3

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising
Gladly raising
Worshipping God on high


Chorus

O star of wonder
Star of night
Star with royal
Beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy perfect light


Verse 4

Myrrh is mine its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing sighing
Bleeding dying
Sealed in the stone cold tomb


Chorus

O star of wonder
Star of night
Star with royal
Beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy perfect light

Verse 5

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Alleluia alleluia
Sounds through the earth
And skies


Chorus

O star of wonder
Star of night
Star with royal
Beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to
Thy perfect light

13. Angels From the Realms of Glory

Verse 1

Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o'er all the earth
Ye who sang creation's story
Now proclaim Messiah's birth


Chorus

Come and worship
Christ the newborn King
Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

 

Verse 2

Shepherds in the fields abiding
Watching o'er your flocks by night
God with man is now residing
Yonder shines the infant-light


Chorus

Come and worship
Christ the newborn King
Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King


Verse 3

Sages leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar
Seek the great desire of nations
Ye have seen His natal star


Chorus

Come and worship
Christ the newborn King
Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King


Verse 4

Saints before the altar bending
Watching long in hope and fear
Suddenly the Lord descending
In His temple shall appear


Chorus

Come and worship
Christ the newborn King
Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King


Verse 5

All creation join in praising
God the Father Spirit Son
Evermore your voices raising
To th'eternal Three in One


Chorus

Come and worship
Christ the newborn King
Come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

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