My favourite carol

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
Above thy dark and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in the dark streets shineth the ever lasting 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

How silently, how silently, the wonderous gift is given!
So God impars to human hearts the blessing of His heaven
No ear may hear his coming but in this world of sin
Where meek souls will recieve him still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy child of Bethlehem descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in be born to 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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