What Is New Upon The Earth

What is new upon the earth?
What fresh wonder goeth forth,
That its ways are full of pilgrims,
And its dwellings full of mirth.

Sounds of gladness on the air!
Happy faces ev’rywhere!
Tell us, O ye silent virgins,
Wherefore is the night so fair?

“Lo, the sacred hour is near!
What was darkness now is clear:
Christ is coming! raise your voices,
Say farewell to doubt and fear.”

“Lo, the Prince of Peace is born!
Lo, on high the star of morn!
And it shall not fade forever,
Nor its brilliancy be shorn.”