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Blessed night when first that plain Echoed with




Blessèd night, when first that plain
Echoed with the joyful strain,
“Peace has come to earth again.”


Blessèd hills, that heard the song,
Of the glorious angel throng
Swelling all your slopes along.


Happy shepherds, on whose ear
Fell the tidings glad and clear,
“God to man is drawing near.”


Babe of weakness, can it be
That the earth's great victory
Is to be achieved by thee?


Child of poverty, art thou
He to whom all heaven shall bow,
And all earth shall pay the vow?


Heir of pain and toil, whom none
In this evil day will own,
Art thou the eternal One?


Thou, o'er whom the sword and rod
Wave, in haste to drink thy blood,
Art thou very Son of God?


Thus revealed to shepherds’ eyes
Hidden from the great and wise,
Entering earth in lowly guise:


We adore Thee as our King,
And to Thee our song we sing,
Our best offering to Thee bring,


Blessèd Babe of Bethlehem,
Owner of earth’s diadem,
Claim and wear the radiant gem


Guarded by the shepherd's rod,
'Mid their flock, thy poor abode;
Thus we own thee, Lamb of God.


Lamb of God, thy lowly name;
King of kings, we thee proclaim:
Heaven and earth shall hear its fame.


Mighty King of righteousness,
King of glory, King of peace,
Never shall thy kingdom cease!


---Alternative verses---



Happy shepherds, on whose ear
Fell the tidings glad and dear,
“God to man is drawing near.”

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 7 7
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1857
      Bible Refs: Lk 2:14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1866# 264
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. PHILIP
      Meter: 7 7 7
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1861
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 725Eb
        # 94Eb
        # 319F
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 7 7 7 7 7
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