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O little town of Bethlehem

Musik: England, 16. Jhd., Dichter: Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893

  1. 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.

  2. All morning stars together
    proclaim the holy birth,
    and praises sing to God the king,
    and peace to men on earth.
    For Christ is born by Mary
    and, gathered all above,
    while mortals sleep the angels keep
    their watch o wondering love.

  3. How silently, how silently
    the wondrous gift is given!
    So God imparts to human hearts
    the blessing of his heaven.
    No ear may hear his coming,
    but in this world of sin,
    where meek souls will receive him, still
    the dear Christ enters in.

  4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
    descend to us, we pray,
    cast out our sin and enter in,
    be born in us today!
    We hear the Christmas Angels,
    the great glad tidings tell:
    O come to us, abide with us,
    our Lord Immanuel.

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