O Little Town Of Bethlehem


h1 December 1st, 2017

The manuscript above is the author, Phillips Brooks’ original first stanza. It was intended to be a short lived sunday school song. He asked his organist Lewis Redner to compose the melody and Redner procrastinated until the evening before it was due. He went to sleep and was awakened in the middle of the night by what he described as an “angel-strain” whispering in his ear. Seizing a piece of music paper he jotted down the tune and presented it in the morning for the Sunday service.

I played this on my new Martin DX1RAE

Lyrics:

Capo on 3rd fret

[C] O little town of [Dm] Bethlehem
[C] How still we [G7] see thee [C] lie
Above thy deep and [A7] dreamless [Dm] sleep
The [C] silent [G7] stars [C] go by

Yet in the [Dm] dark streets [E7] shineth
The [Am] ever [Em] lasting [E7] light
[C] The hopes and fears of [Dm] all the years
[C] Are met in [G7] thee [C] tonight

[C] For Christ is born of [Dm] Mary
[C] And gathered [G7] all [C] above
While mortals [A7] sleep the [Dm] angels keep
[C] Their watch of [G7] wondering [C] love

Yet in the [Dm] dark streets [E7] shineth
The [Am] ever [Em] lasting [E7] light
[C] The hopes and fears of [Dm] all the years
[C] Are met in [G7] thee [C] tonight

[C] O morning stars [Dm] together
[C] Proclaim the [G7] holy [C] birth
And praises [A7] sing to [Dm] God the King
[C] And peace to [G7] men on [C] earth

Yet in the [Dm] dark streets [E7] shineth
The [Am] ever [Em] lasting [E7] light
[C] The hopes and fears of [Dm] all the years
[C] Are met in [G7] thee [C] tonight

[C] O little town of [Dm] Bethlehem
[C] How still we [G7] see thee [C] lie
Above thy deep and [A7] dreamless [Dm] sleep
The [C] silent [G7] stars [C] go by

Yet in the [Dm] dark streets [E7] shineth
The [Am] ever [Em] lasting [E7] light
[C] The hopes and fears of [Dm] all the years
[C] Are met in [G7] thee [C] tonight

[C] The hopes and fears of [Dm] all the years
[C] Are met in [G7] thee [C] tonight

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