Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Lyrics

It's officially Christmas Eve!!
As I sit and listen to Christmas music, I think about how powerful it is and how much I love the lyrics and what they mean.
The old Christmas hymns and their ornate language and wording really get to me. They show the true meaning of Christmas. I've often been attracted and fascinated with the obscure verses of the popular hymns that we all know. 
For instance, we all know "O Come All Ye Faithful" (my favorite), but mainly just the first verse. But the whole song is powerful and I love the other verses.
Same with lots of other Christmas hymns. So I'm gonna take some time to post my favorite verses of my favorite Christmas songs. The ones I think are truly powerful and moving. I love the fun songs, of course. But these are the songs that truly encompass what Christmas is about - the birth of Jesus and sovereignty of God!
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
(I love the wording of this whole song)
O come, o come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, O Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 O come, Desire of Nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease
And be yourself our King of Peace
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Christ by highest Heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail, the incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King

Hail, the Heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of Earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Come, Desire of Nations, come!
Fix in us Thy humble home

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
It came upon a midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the Earth
To touch their harps of gold

Peace on the earth
Good will to men
From Heaven's all-gracious King

The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world

For lo, the days are hastening on
By prophet bards foretold
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall over all the Earth
Its ancient splendors fling
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing

"Mary, Did You Know?"
(Okay this isn't a hymn, but the words are awesome)
...Mary did you know that your baby boy
Would calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
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
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
...those are just a few :)
Merry Christmas Eve!


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