304. O little town of Bethlehem

1 O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by;
yet, in your dark streets shining
the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in you tonight.

2 O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary;
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.

3 How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming;
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.

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.

Text Information
First Line: O little town of Bethlehem
Author: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: DCM Irregular
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15; Ephesians 3:17; Galatians 4:4; Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 60:19-20; Job 38:7; John 1:12; Luke 2:1-16; Luke 24:29; Matthew 2:5-6; Micah 5:2
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: FOREST GREEN
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: DCM Irregular
Key: F Major or modal
Source: English traditional melody



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