1 Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
on which the saviour of the world was born;
rise to adore the mystery of love
which hosts of angels chanted from above!
With them the joyful tidings first began
of Mary's infant and our God made man.

2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
who heard the herald angel's voice: 'Behold,
I bring good tidings of a holy birth
to you and every nation on the earth:
this day has God fulfilled the promised word,
this day is born a saviour, Christ the Lord!

3 To Bethlehem these shepherds swiftly run
to see the wonder of God's only Son;
they find with Joseph and the lowly maid,
the new-born saviour in a manger laid.
In human form their Shepherd they discern,
and to their flocks, still praising God, return.

4 O may we keep and ponder in our mind
God's gracious love in saving lost mankind:
trace we his footsteps who retrieved our loss,
from his poor manger to his bitter cross.
Saved by his love, unceasing we shall sing
eternal praise to heaven's mighty king!

Version by Michael A Perry (Pseudonym: Word and Music) (1942 - 1996) of Christians awake, salute the happy morn John Byrom (1692 - 1763)
© Word and Music/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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