What joy and peace come to our hearts when we hear the words of Phillips Brooks sung as a Christmas carol, the first verse of which is: O 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. This brings to us a mental picture of Bethlehem, quiet under the stars, awaiting the gentle coming of the Messiah, long foretold by the prophets.
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