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Advent 2009: “Christmas Song,” Evan Stephens

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 18, 2009

Have I mentioned that Mormon composer Evan Stephens was prolific? Here’s another one from his pen, both words and music. It appeared in the 1942 Relief Society Songs book.

Glory be to God in the highest,
And peace on earth, and peace on earth.

This was the song the angels sang,
Bethlehem’s plains above,
While near the blessed mother held
The newborn King of Love.
born unto sorrow was the child,
Tho’ lord of Life was He
To die as man, but undefiled,
Win deathless victory.

This is the song repeated o’er,
Each happy Christmas morn,
And blessed mothers cling anew
To dear ones newly born.
Born unto sorrow as was he,
But oh, how weak and frail.
These little lambkins of our Lord,
How prone to err and fail.

Oh, let us try some aid to lend
These of the newborn throng,
To grow and live so in the end
They, too, may join the song.
With the redeemed when life is o’er,
When all the ransomed sing,
There’s peace on earth, there’s joy in heav’n,
Saved by our Savior King.



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