Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
Whereon the Savior of the world
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate and
the virgin’s Son.
Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
Who heard th’angelic herald’s
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth
To you and all
the nations of the earth;
This day hath God fulfilled His promised
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.”
He spoke; and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
whole orb with alleluias rang.
God’s highest glory was their anthem
Peace on the earth and unto men good will.
To Bethl’hem straight th’enlightened shepherds ran
To see the wonder God
had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessèd maid,
the Savior, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God,
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.
Like Mary let us ponder in our mind
God’s wondrous love in saving lost
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From His poor
manger to His bitter cross,
Tread in His steps, assisted by His
Till man’s first heav’nly state again takes place.
Then may we hope, th’angelic hosts among,
To sing, redeemed, a glad
He that was born upon this joyful day
Around us all His
glory shall display.
Saved by His love, incessantly we sing
to Heav’n’s almighty King.