(A Hymn.) Tune: "Truro."
BY (REV.) JOSEPH C. BOOTH.
'T was Christmas-Eve and all was still;
The wakeful shepherds watched their sheep;
While darkness hung o'er plain and hill
The peaceful earth lay fast asleep!
But Lo! the "Angel of the Lord"
Unto the faithful shepherds came,
God's "Joyful Tidings" to record;
Salvation to the world proclaim.
The "Glory of the Lord" around
The startled, watchful shepherds blazed;
With sudden fear and awe profound
Their rustic minds and hearts were dazed!
"Fear not," the Angel said: "Behold!
To you, and all mankind, I bring
Good tidings of great joy;" foretold
By Seers—"this day is born your King!"
"In David's city you shall see
Within a manger—mark the sign:
A Babe in swaddling clothes,"—'t is He:
"A Saviour—Christ the Lord"—Divine!
Swift, with the "Herald-Angel," came
From God a great Angelic Throng;
Praising Jehovah's Holy Name,
And singing this Seraphic Song:
"Glory to God in the highest Heaven,"
For Christ the Saviour's Royal birth;
"And Peace on earth"—the Gospel leaven;
"Goodwill to men" o'er all the earth!
Troy Times. December 24, 1915: 13 col 1.
Christopher K. Philippo