O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


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Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

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

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by




Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Engelbert Humperdinck's "O Little Town of Bethlehem" paint a vivid picture of the small town on the night of Jesus' birth. The first verse describes the peacefulness of the town, with the stars shining silently above as the people lay sleeping. However, the following line adds a new layer to the scene, revealing that amid the darkness, there is a shining light. This light represents the hope and fear that people have carried for years, now come to a head in the form of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.


The second verse describes the events that would have taken place on that blessed night. The angels watched over the town, as Christ was born to Mary, the mother of God. The morning stars are said to have sung together to celebrate the holy birth of Christ, and prayers of thanks and peace were offered up to God the king. The final verse repeats the first, emphasizing the stillness of the town and the shining light that represents the hopes and fears being met in this one place on this one night.


Overall, these lyrics celebrate the birth of Christ and the hope and peace that it brought to the world. The imagery of the peaceful town and the shining light reflect the peace and light that came with the birth of Christ, and the idea that all of the hopes and fears of the years were finally met in this one moment.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Bethlehem, though small and insignificant, is peaceful and serene


Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
The quiet and stillness of Bethlehem is accentuated by the silent movement of stars in the sky


Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
Even in the darkness of Bethlehem's streets, the eternal light of Christ shines bright


The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
Bethlehem is the meeting place of the hopes and fears of all generations, as Christ is born here


For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
Christ is born of the Virgin Mary, and all the heavenly hosts gather to behold his birth


While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
As humanity slumbers, the angels watch over Christ's birth with awe and love


Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
The morning stars join together in announcing the glorious birth of Christ


And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.
The angels sing praises to God, the king, and wish peace to all people on Earth


Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Bethlehem remains peaceful and serene, even after the birth of Christ


Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
The silence and peacefulness of Bethlehem persist, with the movement of stars in the sky accentuating the stillness


Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
Even in the darkness, the eternal light of Christ continues to shine in Bethlehem's streets


The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
Bethlehem remains the meeting place of the hopes and fears of all generations, as the world continues to celebrate the birth of Christ every year




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Written by: LEROY ANDERSON

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