159. O Sing a Song of Bethlehem

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1 O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today.
Of Jesus' birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.

2 O sing a song of Nazareth,
of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers' breath,
and of the sinless boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth
in every heart may grow.
Now spreads the fame of his dear name
on all the winds that blow.

3 O sing a song of Galilee,
of lake and woods and hill,
of him who walked upon the sea
and bade its waves be still.
For though, like waves on Galilee,
dark seas of trouble roll,
when faith has heard the Master's word,
falls peace upon the soul.

4 O sing a song of Calvary,
its glory and dismay,
of him who hung upon the tree,
and took our sins away.
For he who died on Calvary
is risen from the grave,
and Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored,
is mighty now to save.

Text Information
First Line: O sing a song of Bethlehem
Title: O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
Author: Louis FitzGerald Benson (1899)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CMD
Scripture: Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:25; Matthew 27:32-54; Mark 4:39; Mark 6:48; Mark 15:21-39; Luke 2:8-14; Luke 8:24; Luke 23:26-48; John 6:19; John 19:17-37; Acts 5:30; Acts 10:39-40; Acts 13:29-30
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Baptism of Jesus; Christian Year: Transfiguration5 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: KINGSFOLD
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: CMD
Key: e minor or modal
Source: English County Songs, 1893


Text Information:

This hymn created by a noted Presbyterian hymnal editor and scholar employs place names and sensory images (light, fragrance, wind) to sketch the events of Christ’s life. The tune name commemorates the village in Sussex where the arranger first heard the traditional melody.


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