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Monthly Archives: November 2012

OF THE FATHER’S LOVE BEGOTTEN (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. Of the Father’s love begotten,
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the source, the ending he,
of all things that are and have been
and that future years shall see:
Evermore and evermore.

2. By his word was all created;
he commanded, it was done:
heaven and earth and depth of ocean,
universe of three in one,
all that grows beneath the shining
of the light of moon and sun:
Evermore and evermore.

3. Blessed was the day for ever
when the virgin, full of grace,
by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
bore the Saviour of our race,
and the child, the world’s Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face:
Evermore and evermore.

4. O, ye heights of heaven, adore him,
angels and archangels sing!
Every creature bow before him
singing praise to God our King;
let no earthly tongue be silent,
all the world with homage ring:
Evermore and evermore.

5. He, by prophets sung, is here now,
promised since the world began,
now on earth in flesh descended
to atone for sins of man.
All creation praise its Master,
see fulfilment of his plan:
Evermore and evermore.

6. Glory be to God the Father,
glory be to God the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit,
persons three, yet Godhead one.
Glory be from all creation
while eternal ages run:
Evermore and evermore.

– Aurelius Prudentius (348-413)

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COME, COME, COME TO THE MANGER (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

Come, come, come to the manger,
children, come to the children’s King:
sing, sing, chorus of Angels,
stars of morning o’er Bethlehem sing.

1. He lies ‘mid the beasts of the stall,
who is Maker and Lord of us all;
the wintry wind blows cold and dreary,
see, he weeps, the world is weary;
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

2. He leaves all his glory behind;
to be born and to die for mankind.
With grateful beasts his cradle chooses,
thankless man his love refuses;
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

3. To the manger of Bethlehem come,
to the Saviour Emmanuel’s home;
the heav’nly host above are singing,
set the Christmas bells a-ringing;
Lord, have pity and mercy on me!

 
 

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I WONDER AS I WANDER OUT UNDER THE SKY (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
how Jesus the Saviour did come to die
for poor ord’n’ry people like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus, ’twas in a cow’s stall
with wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God’s heaven a star’s light did fall,
and the promise of ages it did then recall.

3. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
a star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
or all of God’s angels in heav’n for to sing,
Hhe surely could have it, ’cause he was the king.

 
 

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ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT ALL CHRISTIANS SING (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. On Christmas night all Christians sing,
to hear the news the angels bring, (2)
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King’s birth.

2. Then why should men on earth be so sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad? (2)
When from our sin he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

3. When sin departs before his grace,
then life and health come in its place; (2)
angels and men with joy may sing,
all for to see the new-born King.

4. All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night: (2)
‘Glory to God and peace to men,
now and for evermore. Amen.’

 
 

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GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
let nothing you dismay,
remember Christ our Saviour
was born on Christmas Day,
to save us all from Satan’s pow’r
when we were gone astray;

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2. In Bethlehem, in Judah,
this blessed Babe was born,
and laid within a manger,
upon this blessed morn;
the which his Mother Mary,
did nothing take in scorn.

3. From God our heavenly Father,
a blessed angel came;
and unto certain shepherds
brought tidings of the same;
how that in Bethlehem was born
the Son of God by name:

4. ‘Fear not then,’ said the angel,
‘let nothing you affright,
this day is born a Saviour
of a pure virgin bright,
to free all those who trust in him
from Satan’s power and might.’

5. The shepherds at those tidings
rejoiced much in mind,
and left their flocks a-feeding,
in tempest, storm and wind;
and went to Bethlehem straightaway,
the Son of God to find.

6. And when they came to Bethlehem
where our dear Saviour lay,
they found him in a manger,
where oxen fed on hay;
his Mother Mary kneeling down,
unto the Lord did pray.

7. Now to the Lord sing praises,
all you within this place,
and with true love and friendship
each other now embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
all other doth deface.

 
 

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IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold;
‘Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven’s all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
to hear the angels sing.

2. Yet with the woes of sin and strife
the world has suffered long;
beneath the angel-strain have rolled
two thousand years of wrong;
and man, at war with man, hears not
the love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
and hear the angels sing!

3. For lo, the days are hastening on,
by prophets seen of old,
when with the ever-circling years
shall come the time foretold,
when the new heaven and earth shall own
the prince of peace their king,
and all the world send back the song
which now the angels sing.

– E. H. Sears

 
 

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BRIGHTEST AND BEST OF THE SONS OF THE MORNING (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2. Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining;
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall:
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch, and Saviour of all.

3. Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
odours of Edom, and offering divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

4. Vainly we offer each other oblation,
vainly with gifts would his favour secure;
richer by far is the heart’s adoration;
dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;
star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

 
 

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