HOW DARK THE NIGHT
Words by Chris Anderson; Music by Greg Habegger
Tune name: WIGGINS
How dark the night in Bethlehem
Where trav’lers sought for rest;
How crude the cave they sheltered in
While sheep and oxen slept.
Yet Light burst forth into the world,
Dispelling sin and strife.
The Child born to a virgin girl
Was Christ, the Light of Life.
How dark the night o’er pastures bleak
Where shepherds kept their watch;
How cold the wind which stole their sleep
And stung their weary flock.
But glory pierced the midnight sky
And turned fatigue to fright;
“The King is born!” the angel cried
To hail the birth of Light.
How dark the night of fallen souls,
By sin and guilt oppressed;
How hopeless our unspoken woe—
Of God and good bereft;
Till Jesus breaks our moral night
And melts the heart of stone;
“All praise to God in heaven’s height,
And peace to men below.”
How dark the night that shrouds the world
Where war and anguish reign;
How fierce our swords, how sharp our words,
How piercing is our pain.
O Christ, return like blazing dawn—
The Morning Star of Light!
The Lord Himself will be our Sun,
And day eclipse the night!
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