1 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
the saviour Jesus was born.

2 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

3 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

4 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

5 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

6 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

7 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

8 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
shepherds were watching,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

9 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
sheep were reclining,
shepherds were watching,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

10 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
people were sleeping,
sheep were reclining,
shepherds were watching,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

11 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
bright skies were shining,
people were sleeping,
sheep were reclining,
shepherds were watching,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

12 On a night when the world
in its sin and sorrow lay,
wise men were riding,
bright skies were shining,
people were sleeping,
sheep were reclining,
shepherds were watching,
heavens were blazing,
angels were singing,
'Peace on the earth!'
on Christmas Day,
in Bethlehem,
close in a stall,
there the saviour Jesus was born.

Michael Perry (1942 - 1996)
© Mrs B Perry/Jubilate Hymns Ltd