THE HAPPY CHRISTMAS COMES ONCE MORE W: Nicolai F.S. Grundtvig M: C. Balle Key: F 4-4 5 5 4 5 6-6 6 5 The hap-py Christ-mas comes once more, 5 -5 -4 5 4-4 5-5 5 -4 The heavn-ly Guest is at the door, -4 -4 5 -5 5 6 -4 5 -5 5 The bless-èd words the shep-herds thrill, 6 7 5 -45 -5 4 -3-4 4 The joy-ous tid-ings, Peace, good will. This world, though wide and far outspread, Could scarcely find for You a bed. Your cradle was a manger stall, No pearl nor silk nor kingly hall. O let us go with quiet mind, The gentle Babe with shepherds find, To gaze on Him Who gladdens them, The loveliest flower of Jesses stem. The lowly Savior meekly lies, Laid off the splendor of the skies; No crown bedecks His forehead fair, No pearl, nor gem, nor silk is there. O wake, our hearts, in gladness sing, And keep our Christmas with our King, Till living song, from loving souls, Like sound of mighty water rolls. O holy Child, Thy manger gleams Till earth and heaven glow with its beams, Till midnight noons broad light hath won, And Jacobs star outshines the sun. Thou patriarchs joy, Thou prophets song, Thou heavenly Dayspring, looked for long, Thou Son of Man, incarnate Word, Great Davids Son, great Davids Lord. Come, Jesus, glorious heavenly Guest, Keep Thine own Christmas in our breast, Then Davids harp strings, hushed so long, Shall swell our jubilee of song.