O Little Town of Bethlehem


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

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.

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

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