But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days (Micah 5:2).
It is said that the sight of the town of Bethlehem inspired Phillips Brooks to write this hymn. Brooks, an Episcopal priest, made a pilgrimage to Israel (then a part of Palestine) in 1865. After returning to the US, he wrote the song in 1868. Lewis H. Redner wrote the music.
Join me tomorrow for the last post in this series.