Friday, May 20, 2016

Seasonal Hymns: Christmas 195-204


Love came down at Christmas – C Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,
love all lovely, love divine;
love was born at Christmas:
star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
love incarnate, love divine;
worship we our Jesus,
but wherewith the sacred sign?

Love shall be our token;
love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
love for plea and gift and sign.


O Savior of our fallen race – G Doan


On this day earth shall ring – J Joseph


Go tell it on the mountain – 19th Century African American Spiritual / J Work rec

Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
over silent flocks by night
behold throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light. Refrain

The shepherds feared and trembled,
when lo! above the earth,
rang out the angels chorus
that hailed the Savior's birth. Refrain

Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born
and God sent us salvation
that blessèd Christmas morn. Refrain


A child is born in Bethlehem, Alleluia! – R Hume trans

The Child is born in Bethlehem, Alleluia.

Rejoice and sing, Jerusalem! Alleluia.

Refrain Come, join the angel throng in songs of joy,

in one accord adoring Christ the Lord.

Low in the manger lieth He, Alleluia.

Whose reign no bound or end can see. Alleluia. Refrain

The ox and as their Owner know, Alleluia.

And own their Lord thus stooping low. Alleluia. Refrain

Kings coming from the furthest East, Alleluia.

Bring old, frankincense, myrrh to Christ. Alleluia. Refrain

That lowly dwelling entering, Alleluia.

They humbly greet the new-born King. Alleluia. Refrain

That lowly dwelling entering, Alleluia.

They humbly greet the new-born King. Alleluia. Refrain

Born of a virgin mother mild, Alleluia.

Seed of the woman, wondrous Child. Alleluia. Refrain

Born of our blood, without the sin, Alleluia.

No serpent's venom left therein. Alleluia. Refrain

Like us, in flesh of human frame, Alleluia.

Unlike in sin alone, He came: Alleluia. Refrain

That He might make us, sinful men, Alleluia.

Like God, and like Himself again. Alleluia. Refrain

In this, our Christmas happiness, Alleluia.

The Lord with festive hymns we bless. Alleluia. Refrain

The Holy Trinity be praised, Alleluia.

To God our ceaseless thanks be raised. Alleluia.


A stable lamp is lighted – R Wilber


The snow lay on the ground – trad carol

The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright,
when Christ our Lord was born on Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

'Twas Mary, daughter pure of holy Anne,
that brought into this world the God made man.
She laid him in a stall at Bethlehem;
the ass and oxen shared the roof with them. Refrain

Saint Joseph, too, was by to tend the child;
to guard him, and protect his mother mild;
the angels hovered round, and sang this song,
Venite adoremus Dominum. Refrain

And thus that manger poor became a throne;
for he whom Mary bore was God the Son.
O come, then, let us join the heavenly host;
to praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Refrain


Duermete, Nino lindo (O, sleep now, holy baby) – J Robb trans


Twas in the moon of wintertime – J Brebeuf / J Middleton trans

’Twas in the moon of wintertime,
when all the birds had fled,
Great Spirit, Lord of all the earth
sent angel choirs instead.
Before their light the stars grew dim
and wandering hunters heard the hymn:

Jesus, your king, is born;
Jesus is born.
In excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark
the tender babe was found.
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
enwrapped his beauty round.
But as the hunters brave drew nigh
the angel song rang loud and high: [Refrain]

The earliest moon of wintertime
is not so round and fair
as was the ring of glory on
the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
with gifts of fox and beaver pelt. [Refrain]

O children of the forest free,
the angel song is true:
the holy child of earth and heaven
is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy
who brings you beauty, peace, and joy. [Refrain]


The first Noel the angel did say –  trad carol

The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
shining in the east beyond them far,
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night. Refrain

And by the light of that same star
three wise men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went. Refrain

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
o'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay
right over the place where Jesus lay. Refrain

Then entered in those wise men three
full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there in his presence
their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Refrain

Then let us all with one accord
sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
that hath made heaven and earth of nought,
and with his blood mankind hath bought. Refrain

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