Hymn: Words by Phillips Brooks, 1867 and Music by Lewis H. Redner, 1868

Phillips Brooks pastored the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. We believe that this is the church "across the square" in "The Girl from Montana". Grace was known to have visited at least once when her daughter, Ruth, played violin on a Sunday evening accompanied by the church's grand organ.

Found in "Astra" (Chapter 15), "The Christmas Bride" (Chapter 21), and "Something Quite Forgotten" (from Miss Lavinia's Call)

 

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 tonight.

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 giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

  • All
  • According To The Pattern
  • A Daily Rate
  • A Girl To Come Home To
  • A New Name
  • April Gold
  • Astra
  • A Voice In The Wilderness
  • Beauty For Ashes
  • Because Of Stephen
  • Beggarman
  • Bright Arrows
  • By Way Of The Silverthorns
  • Cloudy Jewel
  • Crimson Mountain
  • Daphne Deane
  • Dawn Of The Morning
  • Exit Betty
  • Found Treasure
  • Her Wedding Garment
  • Homing
  • In The Way
  • In Tune With Wedding Bells
  • Katherine's Yesterday
  • Life Out Of Death
  • Lone Point
  • Marcia Schuyler
  • Miss Lavinia's Call
  • Not Under The Law
  • Partners
  • Rainbow Cottage
  • Silver Wings
  • Spice Box
  • Stranger Within The Gates
  • The Best Birthday
  • The Chance Of A Lifetime
  • The Christmas Bride
  • The City Of Fire
  • The Enchanted Barn
  • The Forgotten Friend
  • The Girl From Montana
  • The Gold Shoe
  • The Man Of The Desert
  • The Minister's Son
  • The Old Guard
  • The Prodigal Girl
  • The Seventh Hour
  • The Story Of A Whim
  • The Strange God
  • The Substitute Guest
  • Through These Fires
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