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’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…]

With Steady Pace, the Pilgrim Moves

Richard Jukes
(1804-1867)

With steady pace the pilgrim moves
Toward the blissful shore,
And sings with cheerful heart and voice,
“‘Tis better on before!”

His passage through a desert lies,
Where furious lions roar;
He takes his staff, [continue reading…]

Tis Better on Before

J. C. Trott
(19th Century)

O ye who tread life’s pilgrim away
With weary heart and sore,
Find hope and comfort in the thought—
’Tis better on before.

Though circumstances adverse be,
And scanty be your store,
Be patient; brighter days will come—
’Tis better on before.

Though you may be beset by foes
Who wound you o’er and o’er, [continue reading…]

In the Hollow of His Hand

George Schuler
1882-1973
(Please see copyright notice below.)

And He arose, and rebuked the wind,
and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.”
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

— Mark 4:39 —

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?

— Isaiah 40:12 —

Our God hath given promise,
And His grace for this hath planned:
His child shall rest securely
In the hollow of His hand.

Chorus:
Let come what may — or wave, or tempest—
“Peace, be still!” ‘tis His command;
My soul is held in peace eternal
In the hollow of His hand. [continue reading…]

The Time to Shine

Lanta Wilson Smith
(1856-1939)

When the gloomy shadows gather ‘round your way,
And the clouds of sorrow hide the sun’s bright ray,
Keep your faith unshaken, tho’ all ills combine;
When the days are darkest, that’s the time to shine.1

Chorus:
That’s the time to shine, that’s the time to shine,
Let your faith and courage glow with light divine;
That’s the time to shine, that’s the time to shine, [continue reading…]

Teach Me, My God and King

George Herbert1
(1593-1632)

The Elixir

Teach me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything
To do it as for Thee.

To scorn the senses’ sway,
While still to Thee I tend,
In all I do be Thou the Way,
In all be Thou the End. [continue reading…]

Lord, I Have Shut the Door

William Runyan
(1870-1957)

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret
shall reward thee openly.

— Matthew 6:6 —

Lord, I have shut the door;
Speak now the word
Which in the din and throng
Could not be heard.
Hushed now my inner heart;
Whisper Thy will,
While I have come apart,
While all is still. [continue reading…]

Peace, Perfect Peace

Edward Bickersteth, Jr.
(1825-1906)

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest. [continue reading…]