O Little Town of Bethlehem
Words: by Phillips Brooks, 1868
Tune: FOREST GREEN, English folk tune
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie.
Amidst thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark street 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.
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.