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Advent 2009: “Christ is Born, the Joyful Story,” Evan Stephens

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 16, 2009

This carol, yet another from the pen of poet-composer Evan Stephens, was published in the church’s 1927 hymnal. I like the words to this one, and look forward to comments on the music by some of you who know better than I do.

Christ is born, the joyful story
Spreads from heaven o’er the earth,
Prince of Peace and King of Glory
On the earth has mortal birth.
Christ is born, and heav’n rejoices,
Lo! the world, redeem’d from sin!
Joyful sing angelic voices,
Peace on earth is ushered in.

Christ shall come again in glory,
Here to reign as King of kings;
Wars shall cease and conflicts gory,
Never more shall sorrows bring.
He shall reign o’er death triumphant,
Reign in justice, bonds release.
Worship, worship, Christ the Infant,
Christ the Lord, the “Prince of Peace.”



  1. It will fall to someone else to make a Steve Evans/Evan Stehpens joke, as I am coming up empty.

    IIRC, his name has come up 3 or 4 times now, yet nobody has stepped up. Come on, people!

    Comment by sister blah 2 — November 16, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

  2. That’s because Keepa is a high-class blog, Cynthia. We don’t stoop to such jokes.

    Just don’t check in on a Saturday. “Funny Bones” might, just might, give you the idea that I’m lying.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 16, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  3. Five flats?


    This might work for a choir (certainly not for a congregation!), assuming that the choir was experienced and had a solid soprano section with sopranos who could hit those high notes. (Which, I realize eliminates 99.95 percent of church choirs.)

    But, the song is not bad.

    Comment by Researcher — November 22, 2009 @ 9:41 am

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