Nursery Rhymes

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem Lyrics and Music

The sincere words and lyrics of this much loved hymn begin with "O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' hymn were written by the American author, Phillips Brooks. The delightful music that accompanies the 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' Christmas Hymn were composed by Lewis Henry Redner. The author of the hymn, Phillips Brooks, was born December 13, 1835 and died January 23, 1893. The composer of the music to the 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' hymn, Lewis H. Redner, was born December 15, 1830 and died August 29, 1908. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this classic Christmas carol.

O Little Town of Bethlehem Hymn
Title: O Little Town of Bethlehem *** Name of Composer: Lewis H. Redner *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Phillips Brooks *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' lyrics, Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835-January 23, 1893), was born in Boston, Massachusetts and achieved fame as a rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', Lewis H. Redner (December 15, 1830-August 29, 1908), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became famous as a Church organist and composer.

History of O Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas Carol
The history of this lovely festive song reflects the travels of its author Phillips Brooks who visited the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem which inspired him to write the words. The music to the Carol was then added by his organist, Lewis Redner.

O Little Town of Bethlehem Lyrics

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 given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

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

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Author of Lyrics: Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835 to January 23, 1893)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Lewis H. Redner (December 15, 1830 to August 29, 1908)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie
First Publication Date: 1867

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