Lead Sheet (PDF)
melody and chords for guitar and voice (full page)Key of Eb
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Text: Nikolai F.S. Grundvig, 1783-1872; tr. Charles Porterfield Krauth, 1823-1883;alt.
Music: C.C.N. Balle, 1806-1855
Tune: Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest
LBW/WOV Hymn: #62
ReClaim/Sola Hymn: #n/a
Scripture: Matthew 2:2
1 The bells of Christmas chime once more;
The heav'nly guest is at the door.
He comes to earthly dwellings still
With new year gifts of peace, good will.
2 This world, though wide and far outspread,
Could scarcely find for you a bed.
Your cradle was a manger stall,
No pearl nor silk nor kingly hall.
3 Now let us go with quiet mind,
The swaddled babe with shepherds find,
To gaze on him who gladdens them,
The loveliest flow'r of Jesse's stem.
4 Oh, join with me, in gladness sing,
To keep our Christmas with our king,
Until our song, from loving souls,
Like rushing mighty water rolls!
5 O patriarchs' Joy, O prophets' Song,
O Dayspring bright, awaited long,
O Son of Man, incarnate Word,
Great David's Son, great David's Lord:
6 Come, Jesus, glorious heav'nly guest,
And keep your Christmas in our breast;
Then David's harp-string, hushed so long,
Shall swell our jubilee of song.