Timothy S. Klugh
A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection V
Copyright © 2010 Timothy S. Klugh. All Rights Reserved.


O Little Town of Bethlehem


O Little Town of Bethlehem
Music by Lewis Redner in 1868.
Lyrics by Phillips Brooks in 1865.
Additional Lyrics, Narration and Melodies by Timothy S. Klugh in 2009.
This arrangement by Timothy S. Klugh in 2009.

Arrangement: Copyright © 2009 Timothy S. Klugh. All Rights Reserved.
Additional Lyrics, Narration and Melodies: Copyright © 2009 Timothy S. Klugh. All Rights Reserved.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
     keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
     and they were sore afraid.

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 tonight.

And the angel said unto them,
     Fear not: for, behold,
     I bring you good tidings of great joy,
     which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day
     in the city of David
     a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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

And suddenly there was with the angel
     a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest,
     Glory to God in the highest,
     and on earth peace,
     good will toward men.

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is giv'n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heav'n.
No ear may hear his coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

And this shall be a sign unto you;
     Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
     and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
     and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
     The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.