Christian Christmas Hymns – Lyrics and meanings

I’ve compiled a list with lyrics and some short history on a few favorite Christian Christmas music that we love to hear at this time of year.  I wanted to do so much more, just not time, but Lord willing I’ll add to this over time.   I made the picture years back with the red violin and Handel’s Messiah sheet music overlaying the violin — however, it seems that the music isn’t showing up on the violin.

Please forgive the formatting, I don’t have time to fix it.  It was formatted until I copied it from my Word doc into here.

Oliver Cromwell was one who was instrumental in banning many of the traditional Christmas songs in England. 

It is said that because of this (and I’m sure many others), that some of the oldest Christmas carols were lost and have not been recovered.

 

These are mostly traditional Christian Christmas songs, but some new ones that I felt were sweet such as this first song by Faith Hill and Harry Connick Jr.’s song below.

A Baby Changes Everything

Faith Hill

Teenage girl, much too young

Unprepared for what’s to come

A baby changes everything

Not a ring on her hand

All her dreams and all her plans

A baby changes everything

A baby changes everything

 

The man she loves she’s never touched

How will she keep his trust?

A baby changes everything

A baby changes everything

And she cries!

Ooh, she cries

Ooh, oh

 

She has to leave, go far away

Heaven knows she can’t stay

A baby changes everything

She can feel He’s coming soon

There’s no place, there’s no room

A baby changes everything

A baby changes everything

And she cries!

And she cries!

Oh, she cries

 

gather ’round

(Up above the star shines down) star shines down

(A baby changes everything)

 

Choir of angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

A baby changes everything

A baby changes everything

Everything, everything, everything

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

 

My whole life has turned around

I was lost but now I’m found

A baby changes everything, yeah

A baby changes everything

A Boy is Born in Bethlehem

 

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

 

Written by Scottish poet James Montgomery (based on Luke 2:13:14 –  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”)

Angels from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o’er all the earth;

Ye who sang creation’s story,

Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!

 

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,

Watching o’er your flocks by night,

God with man is now residing,

Yonder shines the infant Light;

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!

 

Sages, leave your contemplations,

Brighter visions beam afar;

Seek the great desire of nations,

Ye have seen His natal star;

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!

 

Saints before the altar bending,

Watching long in hope and fear,

Suddenly the Lord, descending,

In His temple shall appear:

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!

 

Angels We Have Heard on High

 

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly, sweetly through the night
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brief delight

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing,
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Yeah
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Angels we have heard
Angels we have heard on high
Angels we have heard, oh
Angels we have heard on high
Angels we have heard on high
Angels we have heard on high

In excelsis Deo

 

Away In A Manger

 

Away in a manger

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus

Lay down His sweet head

 

The stars in the sky

Look down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus

Asleep on the hay

 

The cattle are lowing

The poor Baby wakes

But little Lord Jesus

No crying He makes

 

I love Thee, Lord Jesus

Look down from the sky

And stay by my side

‘Til morning is nigh

 

Be near me, Lord Jesus

I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever

And love me, I pray

 

Bless all the dear children

In Thy tender care

And take us to Heaven

To live with Thee there

 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

 

Short Bio:  Originally written by Noël Regney & Gloria Shayne Baker (1962).

The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday.1

 

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see
A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the Shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky Shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

Said the Shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

He will bring us goodness and light

 

Go Tell It On The Mountain

(Originally an old Negro Spiritual)

 

While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our saviour’s birth

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Is born
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born now
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born
Go tell it, go tell it, go tell it on the

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our saviour’s birth

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And god send us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Is born
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born now
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born
Jesus Christ is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Is born
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born now
Go tell it on the mountain
Is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Go tell it on the mountain
He is born
Go tell it on the mountain
‘Cause Jesus Christ is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Go tell it on the mountain
He is born
Go tell it on the mountain
Go tell it, go tell it, go tell it on the mountain.

 

Hallelujah Chorus, Handel from the Psalms

 

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
(For the lord God omnipotent reigneth)
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
(Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah)
Hallelujah

The kingdom of this world;
Is become
The kingdom of our Lord
And of His Christ
And of His Christ

And He shall reign for ever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever
And he shall reign forever and ever

And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
And lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
And lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah
And lord of lords
King of kings and lord of lords

And he shall reign
And he shall reign
And he shall reign
He shall reign
And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings forever and ever
And lord of lords hallelujah hallelujah
And he shall reign forever and ever

King of kings and lord of lords
King of kings and lord of lords
And he shall reign forever and ever

Forever and ever and ever and ever
(King of kings and lord of lords)

 

Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah
Hallelujah

 

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King

Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb

Hail the Flesh, the God Head see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born 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 new-born King

 

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

 

Short Bio:  One Google search shared about the well known poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)writing the poem “Christmas Bells” on December 25, although they said 1864.  Another site spoke of the number of devastating family circumstances he suffered the year before writing this Carol.  It shared that a couple of the stanzas are not in most hymnals, which spoke about the cannons thundering in the South, and hatred tearing apart the “hearthstones of a continent”.1  This was all news to me as I just was looking up the lyrics of the songs.

 

For those who like to bring up that bells are ‘pagan’, Satan is a counterfeiter.  What did Longfellow say when he was in despair and heard the Christmas bells?

“God’s not dead, nor doth He sleep.”

 

I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play

And mild and sweet their songs repeat

Of peace on earth good will to men

And the bells are ringing (peace on earth) Like a choir they’re singing (peace on earth) In my heart I hear them (peace on earth) Peace on earth, good will to men And in despair I bowed my head There is no peace on earth I said For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men But the bells are ringing (peace on earth) Like a choir singing (peace on earth) Does anybody hear them? (peace on earth) Peace on earth, good will to men Then rang the bells more loud and deep God is not dead, nor does he sleep (peace on earth, peace on earth) The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth, good will to men Then ringing singing on its way The world revolved from night to day A voice, a chime, a chant sublime Of peace on earth, good will to men And the bells they’re ringing (peace on earth) Like a choir they’re singing (peace on earth) And with our hearts we’ll hear them (peace on earth) Peace on earth, good will to men Do you hear the bells they’re ringing? (peace on earth) The life the angels singing (peace on earth) Open up your heart and hear them (peace on earth) Peace on earth, good will to men Peace on earth, peace on earth Peace on earth, Good will to men

 

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear – I didn’t feel much of the lyrics were Biblically focused on the birth.  Written by a Unitarian, mostly spotlighting angels.  It does mention the King.

 

I Pray On Christmas Day

 

Short bio: This is a song with music and lyrics both written by Harry Connick Jr. and released in 1993.  I pray that his prayers are being answered.

 

I pray on Christmas

That the Lord will see me through

I pray on Christmas

He’ll show me what to do

 

I pray on Christmas

He’ll help me understand

And I pray on Christmas

He’ll take me by the hand

 

I pray on Christmas

That the sick will soon be strong

I pray on Christmas

The Lord will hear my song

 

I pray on Christmas

That God will lead the way

And I pray on Christmas

He’ll get me through another day

 

I pray on Christmas

I pray on Christmas

I pray on Christmas

He’ll get me through another day

 

I pray on Christmas

All our problems gonna be worked out

I pray on Christmas

God’ll show us what love’s about

 

I pray on Christmas

To do your will each day

And I pray on Christmas

That I’ll be with you in heaven some day

 

I pray on Christmas

Oh, the sick will soon be strong

I pray on Christmas

The Lord will hear my song

 

I pray on Christmas

That God will lead the way

And I pray I really pray on Christmas

He’ll get me through another day

He’ll get me through another day…

 

Joy to the World

(Based on the second half of Psalm 98, focused on His second

coming)

 

Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth
The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

He rules the world
With truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

 

Mary, Did you Know?

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

 

 

O Come All Ye Faithful

 

O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

Oh, sing, choirs of angels

Sing in exultation

Oh, come, oh come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful

(O come, all ye faithful, o come, all ye faithful)

Joyful and triumphant

(O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem)

Come and behold Him

(O come, all ye faithful, o come, all ye faithful)

Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

 

 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

 

This song is rich with Scripture and prophecy which I will fill in later Lord willing.  I like one of Selah’s versions on it, the background music just has more of an Hebraic feel to it.

 

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 Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

 

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

O come, Thou Day-Spring

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, Thou Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly 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, O come, Thou Lord of might

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height

In ancient times did’st give the Law

In cloud, and majesty and awe

 

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

 

O Holy Night

 

Short bio: Wikipedia explains it was first composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877) who had no interest in God. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, as well as many other languages, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity’s redemption.  (French: “Minuit Chretiens!” or “Cantique de Noël”)

 

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

 

 

 

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

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 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

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
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

 

Silent Night

 

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

 

The First Noel

 

The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took it rest,
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then entered in those wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there in his presence
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind hath bought

 

The Old Rugged Cross

(The Christmas tree)

 

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross
The emblem of suff’ring and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

In the old rugged Cross, stain’d with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

 

The Little Drummer Boy

 

Short Bio: Recorded by the Von Trapp Family Singers

 

Come they told me

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

A new born King to see

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

Our finest gifts we bring

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

To lay before the king

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

 

So to honor Him

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

When we come

Pum-pum-pum-pum

Pa-rum-pum-pum

 

Little baby

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

I am a poor boy too

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

I have no gift to bring

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

That’s fit to give our King

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

 

Shall I play for you

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

Mary nodded

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

The ox and lamb kept time

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

I played my drum for Him

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

I played my best for Him

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

 

Then He smiled at me

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Me and my drum

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

 

Come they told me

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

A new born King to see

Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

 

Me and my drum

Me and my drum

Me and my drum

Me and my drum

Rum-pum-pum-pum

 

We Three Kings of Orient Are

 

We three kings of Orient are;

Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Following yonder star

 

Refrain:

O star of wonder, star of night,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

 

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain

Gold I bring to crown Him again,

King forever, ceasing never,

Over us all to reign.

 

Refrain

 

Frankincense to offer have I;

Incense owns a Deity nigh;

Prayer and praising, all men raising,

Worship Him God Most High.

 

Refrain

 

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

Breathes a life of gathering gloom;

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

 

Refrain

 

Glorious now behold Him arise;

King and God and sacrifice;

Alleluia!, Alleluia!,

Earth to Heaven replies.

 

Refrain

 

What Child is This?

 

What Child is this
Who laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come Peasant, King to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Oh, raise, raise a song on high,
His mother sings her lullaby.
Joy, oh joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing

Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe,
The Son,
Of Mary.

What Child
Is this
Who laid
To rest
On Mary’s lap
On Mary’s lap
He is sleeping

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe,
The Son,
Of Mary

The Babe, the Son of Mary

The Son of Mary

 

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

 

While shepherds watched

Their flocks by night

All seated on the ground

The angel of the Lord came down

And glory shone around

And glory shone around

 

“Fear not,” he said,

For mighty dread

Had seized their troubled minds

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind,

To you and all mankind.”

 

“To you in David’s

Town this day

Is born of David’s line

The Savior who is Christ the Lord

And this shall be the sign

And this shall be the sign.”

 

“The heavenly Babe

You there shall find

To human view displayed

And meanly wrapped

In swathing bands

And in a manger laid

And in a manger laid.”

 

Thus spake the seraph,

And forthwith

Appeared a shining throng

Of angels praising God, who thus

Addressed their joyful song

Addressed their joyful song

 

“All glory be to

God on high

And to the earth be peace;

Goodwill henceforth

From heaven to men

Begin and never cease

Begin and never cease!”

 

Footnotes:

As always, I do not know or recommend these websites, only citing the reference material.

1 –

https://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2015/10/top-20-christian-christmas-carols-hy

mns-time/

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Christian Christmas Hymns – Lyrics and meanings

  • Tara Rollins
    2 weeks ago

    Awesome list Holly!! Love Christmas time & beautiful music about our great God & Savior!! Thank you for this blessing! 🙏

    • Tara, thank you so much for visiting. I have been kind of absent because of my husband’s illness right now, and my website software is new to me, so I haven’t had time to ‘fix’ the formatting etc., but hope to soon. I wanted to get it out in case some wanted any Christ centered music for their time with family and loved ones. In Jesus Christ!

  • jasonc65
    1 week ago

    Oliver Cromwell banning Christmas? That does not advance the cause of liberty very much. Those Puritans sure know how to ruin everything.

    • A.W. Pink’s comments about Christmas, gifts, even sending cards is typical of the same type. I have no issue if someone doesn’t feel like esteeming the day, but it does grow wearisome to hear their tedious and ridiculous accusations.

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