O Little Town Of Bethlehem Lyrics and Story (Composer: Phillips Brooks)

Who Wrote O Little Town of Bethlehem?

Phillips Brooks

The eminent Episcopalian, Phillips Brooks, has made a valuable addition to our collection of Christmas hymns in his O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The hymn was written in 1868. It is both a tribute and a prayer. Its poetical merit and devotional character make it worthy of the high favor in which it stands.

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM HYMN LYRICS

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 darkness 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 our 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 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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