HYMN 199

"Behold I bring you good tidings of
great joys" - Luke 2:10

1.  CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn, 

     Whereon the Saviour of the world was born; 

     Rise to adore the mystery of love, 

     Which Hosts of Angels chanted from above; 

     With them the joyful tidings first begun

     Of God incarnate and the Virgin‘s Son.

2.  Then to the watchful shepherds it was told. 

     Who heard the angelic herald's voice 

     Behold: I bring good tidings of a 

     Saviour’s birth

     To you and all the nations upon earth; 

     This day hath God fulfilled

     His promised word

     This day is born a Saviour,

     Christ the Lord.

3.  He spake, and straightway the celestial choir 

     In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire, 

     The praises of redeeming love they sang, 

     And heaven’s whole or with hallelujahs rang: 

    God's highest glory was their an them still, 

    Peace upon earth and unto men good will.

4.  To Bethlehem straight the enlightened 

     shepherds ran

     To see the wonder God had wrought for man: 

     Then to their flocks still praising God return, 

     And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn 

     Amazed, the wondrous tidings they proclaim 

     The first apostles of His infant flame.

5.  O may we keep and ponder in our mind

     God's wonderous love in saving all mankind

     Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss

     From the poor manger to the bitter Cross,

     Tren in His steps, assisted by His grace,

     Till man's first heavenly state takes place.

6.  Then may we hope, the angels hosts amongst

     To sing, redeemer. a glad Triumphal song 

     He that was born upon this joyful day 

     Around us all His glory shall distroy

     Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing

     Eternal praise to heaven’s Almighty King.  Amen

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