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The Shepherds
WILLIAM DRUMMOND, OF HAWTHORNDEN O than the ...

The Survivor's Story
Fortunately we were with our wives. It is in gener...

The Fir-tree
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN OUT in the woods stood a n...

Hymn On The Nativity
JOHN MILTON It was the winter wild, Whi...

An Offertory
MARY MAPES DODGE Oh, the beauty of the Chris...

Good-nature Or Parish Matters
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The Ceremonies For Christmas Day
ROBERT HERRICK Kindle the Christmas brand, a...





O Little Town Of Bethlehem






PHILLIPS BROOKS

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And, gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
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.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
Oh, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!





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