The night was cold and chill
Enveloped in darkness was the hill
Where lowly shepherds tired and worn
Guarded their sheep until the morn
Should break; and send its light
To take away the shades of night
Sad and forlorn was Israel’s plight
O’er whelmed by sin’s dark dismal night
Sin laden souls weary and worn
Hopelessly waiting for the morn
To break; and send its light
To take away the gloom of night.
The prophet’s voice has long been still
No sacrifice on holy hill
The royal line has passed away
And evil powers hold their sway.
The way is dark and void of light
Oh God! we perish in the night.
Then suddenly the light does break
At sight of which the shepherds quake.
For sinful man cannot endure
Heaven’s radiant light so clear so pure.
They cast themselves in fear that night
Before God’s flaming holy light.
But Hark! The angel doth proclaim
A joyful message in God’s name.
Fear not Oh shepherds, Light has come
To take away your deepest gloom.
God’s promise given long ago
Delivers you from all your woe.
A virgin left from royal line
O’er shadowed by a power Divine
Submissive to God’s holy will
Has now brought forth Emanuel.
What was not possible with man
Was ever in God’s holy plan.
He sends into our darkest night
His love and rays of glorious light.
Rejoice, for unto you is born
Your savior on this glad and glorious morn.
He comes God’s purpose to fulfill.
Obedient to His holy will,
He cleanses you from sin and shame
And lifts you up to heavenly fame.
O give Hm thanks Who sent His Son
The pure and spotless Holy One
The Dayspring from on high Who brings eternal day
An takes fore’er our night of sin away.
Originally Published in:
Vol. 31 No. 8 December 1971