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O little town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie !

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night!

For Christ is born of Mary;
And gathered all above,

While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,

And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth !

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given !

So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.

No ear may hear His coming;
But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive Him,
The dear Christ enters in. [still

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;

Cast out our sin and enter in—
Be bora in us to-day !

We hear the holy angels
The great glad tidings tell,

Oh, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel !

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