CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn

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    Verse 1
    CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn
    Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.
    Rise to adore the mystery of love
    Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
    With them the joyful tidings first begun
    Of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

    Verse 2
    Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
    Who heard the angelic herald's voice: Behold,
    I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth
    To you and all the nations upon earth;
    This day hath God fulfilled His promised word,
    This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.

    Verse 3
    He spake; and straightway the celestial choir
    In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire,
    The praises of redeeming love they sang,
    And heaven's whole orb with hallelujahs rang;
    God's highest glory was their anthem still,
    Peace upon earth, and unto men goodwill.

    Verse 4
    O may we keep and ponder in our mind
    God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind;
    Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
    From His poor manger to the bitter Cross;
    Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
    Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

    Verse 5
    Then may we hope, the angelic hosts among,
    To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song;
    He that was born upon this joyful day
    Around us all His glory shall display;
    Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
    Eternal praise to heaven's almighty King.