Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep,
To whom God’s angel did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Arise and go,” the angel said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find this happy morn
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”
With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went that Babe to find;
And as God’s angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by his side the virgin maid,
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.