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O Sing a
Song of Betlehem
Louis F. Benson
Fitzgerald Benson (1855-1930) penned the lyrics to “O Sing a
Song of Bethlehem” in 1889. Benson graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania law school, but practiced law
only seven years. In 1877, he entered Princeton
Theological Seminary, where his father was a trustee.
Upon graduation, Louis was ordained a minister and
pastored at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in
Germantown, Pennsylvania. He also became a leading
authority in hymnology; his library eventually grew to
9,000 volumes. In 1895, Benson helped edit
The Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in the United States
he music is a traditional English melody arranged by Ralph
Vaughan Williams was one of the best known English composers
of the 20th Century. He served as musical editor for
The English Hymnal in 1906.
Ralph Vaughn Williams
Lyrics by Louis Benson
O sing a song of
Bethlehem, of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem fills all the world today;
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth the angels sing away.
sing a song of Nazareth, of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath, and of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth in every heart may grow;
Now spreads the fame of His dear Name on all the winds that
O sing a
song of Galilee, of lake and woods and hill,
O sing a song of Calvary, its glory and dismay,
Of Him Who walked upon the sea and bade the waves be
For though like waves on Galilee, dark seas of
When faith has heard the Master’s Word, falls peace
upon the soul.
Of Him Who hung upon the tree, and took our sins
For He Who died on Calvary is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by Heaven adored, is mighty
now to save.