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Bethlehem Sleeps Beneath the Stars   2 comments

Nativity at Night

Above:  The Nativity at Night, by Geertgen tot Sint Jans

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1909) by Ferdinand Quincy Blanchard (1876-1966)

Hymn Source = Songs of the Christian Life (1912), U.S. Congregationalist, via


Bethlehem sleeps beneath the stars,

Midst the mystery of the night;

But where shepherds watch their flocks,

Lo! there shines a wondrous light.

Clear a joyous chorus swells,

Peals in triumph through the sky,

“Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Raise the alleluia high.


Jesus, born of Mary, comes,

Dawns the new day with his birth;

Now proclaim the hope of Christ

Over all the realms of earth.

In His faith the sad are brave,

By His power men conquer sin,

Though injustice would hold sway

Truth and love their reign begin.


Grant us then, O God of love,

Hearts where Christ shall come to-day,

May our wills be one with His,

May His spirit guide our way.

God of Jesus, may His truths

Bless the world this Christmas tide,

‘Till with all the sons of men,

Faith and hope and love abide.

Jesus, Now in Glory Dwelling   1 comment


Above:  Chapel, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, March 15, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Songs of the Christian Life (1912), U.S. Congregationalist, via

Text by Mary Cornelia Bishop Gates (1842-1905)


1.  Jesus, now in glory dwelling,

Far beyond our loving sight,

In the splendor most excelling,

In the great excess of light,–

Where we build for Thee a temple

In earth’s lowly, needy place,

Fill the house with measures ample

Of the Spirit of all grace.

2.  Build the house Thyself, O Saviour;

House of Mercy let it be,

Where the lost shall find Thy favor,

And the weary rest in Thee.

Wide its doors of pardon setting,

Bid the heavy-laden come,

All their sin and care forgetting

In the new-found place of home.

3.  Here give life for death, revealing

All Thy dying love again.

Teach new power of service, sealing

To Thy work devoted men.

Make this humble house most glorious

With Thy presence from above,

Fill it with Thy power victorious,

Lord of light, of peace, and love!