17a. Seventeenth Carol (Version 2)


In Bethlehem there shone one holy night

A glittering star above a stable bare.

And Wise Men guided by its silver light

Approached and saw the Infant Jesus there.


And shepherds came down from the snowy hill

To see the Baby in a manger laid;

With peace and joy their simple hearts did fill

To see their Lord in swaddling robes arrayed.


We may be wise, we may be roughly clad,

But all must come to Jesus Christ one day:

Then He will make us true and pure and glad

And peace will come into our hearts to stay.


Dec 11th 1944