Christians, Awake, Salute
John Byrom, 1749 (uses 36 of the 48 line poem)
|Christians, awake, salute the happy morn|
Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.
2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir
|4. To Bethlehem straight th' enlightened shepherds ran|
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid,
Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return.
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.
5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind
6.Then may we hope, th' angelic hosts among,