In Bethlehem on a Christmas night All around the Child shone a holy light. All around His head was a halo bright On a Christmas night. "We have no room," the innkeeper called, So the glory fell where the cows were stalled, But among the guests were Three Kings who called On a Christmas night. How can it be such a light shines here In this humble stable once cold and drear? Oh, the Child has come to bring good cheer On a Christmas night! And what is the name of the little One? His name is Jesus -- He's God's own Son. Be happy, happy, everyone On a Christmas night!
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "On a Christmas Night", from The Crisis 65(10), p. 616, first published 1958 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Jobe Huntley (b. 1918), "On a Christmas night", published 1954 [sung text not yet checked]
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