O Little Town of Bethlehem

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O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
CAPO 5

C C/E F G C
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
C C/E F G C
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
C G C F G
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
G C F G C
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

… F G …

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

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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.

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from Good News, released December 1, 2016

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They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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