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O little town of Bethlehem          [key: F]

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. O morning stars, together

Proclaim the Holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And peace to all on earth.

For Christ is born of Mary;

And, gathered all above,

While mortals sleep the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love.

3. How silently, how silently,

the wondrous gift is giv'n!

So God imparts to human hearts

the blessings of His heav'n.

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 Emmanuel!

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