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My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Ray Palmer
(1808-1887)

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior Divine;
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to [continue reading…]

I Am So Glad That Jesus Loves Me

Philip P. Bliss
(1838-1876)

I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n.
Wonderful things in the Bible I see;
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

Chorus:
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, [continue reading…]

Fairest Lord Jesus

Anonymous 17th Century German hymn
translated by
Joseph A. Seiss
(1823-1904)

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown!

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the garb [continue reading…]

Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

Bernhard Severin Ingemann
(1789-1862)
translated by
Sabine Baring-Gould
(1834-1924)

Through the night of doubt and sorrow,
Onward goes the pilgrim band,
Singing songs of expectation,
Marching to the promised land.
Clear before us [continue reading…]

My Country, ’Tis of Thee

Samuel Francis Smith
(1808-1895)

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills; [continue reading…]

If Jesus Goes with Me

C. Austin Miles
(1868-1946)

Posted in honor of

Missionary Jim WardMissionary Jim Ward,
the beloved Santiago
of ISPI Guatemala

It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide,
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide;
But this one thing I know—if it be dark or fair,
If Jesus is with me, I’ll go anywhere!

Refrain:
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!
’Tis heaven to me, where’er I may be, if He is there!
I count it a privilege here, His cross to bear,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

It may be I must carry the blessed Word of life
Across the burning deserts to those in sinful strife;
And though it be my lot to bear my colors there,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

But if [continue reading…]

Come Down, O Love Divine!

Bianco da Siena
(c. 1350 – c. 1434)
translated by
Richard Littledale
(1833-1890)

Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn [continue reading…]

’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Louisa Stead
(1850-1917)

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word,
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; [continue reading…]

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Martin Luther
(1483-1546)
translated by
Frederic Henry Hedge
(1805-1890)

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe [continue reading…]

Make Me a Captive, Lord

George Matheson
(1842-1906)

Make me a captive, Lord,
And then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword,
And I shall conqu’ror be.
I sink in life’s alarms
When by myself I stand;
Imprison me within Thine arms,
And strong shall be my hand.

My heart is [continue reading…]

Go Tell It on the Mountain!

Anonymous
African-American Spiritual
(Early 19th Century)
adapted by
John Wesley Work, Jr.
(1871-1925)

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
That publisheth peace;
That bringeth good tidings of good,
That publisheth salvation;
That saith unto Zion, “Thy God reigneth!”

— Isaiah 52:7 —

While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

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

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth [continue reading…]

Christmas Carols and Poems

The Lyrics of Christmas

Image of choir members singing“…as we sing Messiah’s birth…”1

We have hundreds of hymns and poems available in the Powerful Poetry section of our website. That's a blessing, but it can make it a challenge to pick out the Christmas carols and poems in that long list.

Here is our list, which will grow every year (Lord willing):

If you have a favorite that's not on the list, please contact the webmaster to request it. If it's not under copyright, we will consider adding it for future Christmases.

Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming

Anonymous
Traditional German Carol

(15th Century)
translated by
Theodore Baker
(1851-1934)

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

— Isaiah 11:1 —

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter, [continue reading…]

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
(348-c.413 a.d.)
translated by
John Neale
(1818-1866)

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He
Of the things that are and have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore. [continue reading…]