The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Westminster Carol Book

A Collection of Ancient and Modern Carols

Compiled and Arranged By
Edgar Pettman

Organist and Direct
r of the Choir, St. James', Piccadilly.

London: Houghton & Co., 39 Great Marlborough Street, W.
New York: E. Schuberth & Co.

1899

See also: Pettman, Modern Christmas Carols. London, 1893.

The Preface is reproduced below.

Contents

 

Hymn #

Title

1

A Child This Day Is Born (JPG)

2

All My Heart This Night Rejoices - Version 1 (JPG)

3

Last Night I Lay A-sleeping (JPG)

4

Blessed Night, When First That-Hark, What Music Fills the Sky-Medley (JPG)

5

From The Hallowed Belfry Tower (JPG)

6

Shepherds, Watching O'er Your Flocks (JPG)

7

Shepherds, Draw Near ( Page_01 Page_02 )

8

Holy Night! ( Silent Night, Holiest Night ) (JPG)

9

Of The Father's Love Begotten (JPG )

10

Waken! Christian Children (JPG)

11

While The Shepherds Kept (JPG)

12

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (JPG)

13

Christ Was Born on Christmas Day - Version 1 (JPG)

14

Come Ye Lofty ( Page_01 Page_02)

15

Hark! What Mean Those Voices? (JPG)

16

in The Field With Their Flocks Abiding ( Page_01 Page_02  Page_03 )

17

Star-lit Shadows (JPG)

18

Hail, Sweet Babe,So Pure And Holy (JPG)

19

Angels From The Realms of Glory (JPG)

20

A Virgin Most Blessed (Under the title of "A Virgin Most Holy") ( Page_01 Page_02 )

21

The Babe Is Born in Bethlehem (JPG)

22

Sleep Holy Babe (JPG)

23

Once In Bethlehem Of Judah ( Page_01 Page_02 )

24

From The Eastern Mountains (JPG)

25

In Excelsis Gloria - Version 3 ("When Christ Was Born of Mary Free") (JPG)

26

O Little Town of Bethlehem (JPG)

27

All This Night ("All This Night Bright Angels") (JPG)

28

The Carol of King Canute (O Merry Rang The Hymn) (JPG)

29

Let Heaven and Earth Rejoice - Version 3 (JPG)

30

The Carol of the Star ( Page_01 Page_02 )

31

The First Christmas Night ("I Should Like To Have Heard") ( Page_01 Page_02 )

32

The Heavenly Birth ( Page_01 Page_02 )

33

O'er The Hill And O'er The Vale (JPG)

34

Oh, Who Are They, So Pure? (JPG)

35

The Shepherds Amazed ( Page_01 Page_02 )

36

Cradled In A Manger - Medley ( Page_01 Page_02 )

37

O Happy Morn (JPG)

38

When Jesus Our Saviour Was Born Below (JPG)

39

The Stars Are Shining Bright and Clear ( Page_01 Page_02 )

40

Come, Christian Men, Let All Rejoice (JPG)

41

See Amid The Winter's Snow (JPG)

42

Come, Old And Young (JPG)

43

Brightly Shines A Star On High (JPG)

44

From Out The Azure Sky Above ( Page_01 Page_02 )

45

O, Hear Ye Not The Angel-song  ( Page_01 Page_02 )

46

Nowell! Nowell! Now Hearken Well (JPG)

47

Ring Out Ye Wild and Merry Bell (JPG)

48

Come, See a Child of Low Estate (JPG)

 

Benediction Hymn ("He Has Come An Infant Stranger") & Benediction Amen  (JPG)

 

PREFACE

THE object of this Collection of Carols is to provide for the use of choirs and congregations such a choice of carols, both new and old, as may be found easy to sing, agreeable to hear, and suitable to modern tastes; but above all was it part of my design to exclude any reference to dangerous traditions and extravagant fables; for although some of these are undeniably beautiful, many would seem to border on the very profane ; and since they are in no case founded on Scriptural authority I venture to suggest that they should be rigorously excluded from any act of Christian worship, in which carol singing finds a place; for this reason, therefore, several old favourites have been omitted. Use has been made of only those words which seem most likely to help to bring home to one, the simple Biblical story of our Saviour's Birth.

I am very conscious of the many shortcomings of the present work, but I trust that nevertheless it will be found to contain melodies and harmonies which will suit all tastes. It may perhaps be as well to state that every new number in this work was sung by a choir, and listened to by various musical Wends before place was given to it herein; this was done so that the choice might not entirely depend upon one individual opinion, which must necessarily be more likely to err than that of many.

I beg to tender my hearty thanks to those who have so kindly assisted with their kind and valuable contributions. To Dean Stubbs for the words of xxviii. and xxx.; Dean Farrar for the words of xvi. ; Messrs. Longmans, words of ii.; Messrs. Nisbet, words of iv. (from Dr. Bonar's Hymns of Faith and Hope); Mrs. Archer Guerney, words of xiv.; Rev. Godfrey Thring, words of xxiv.; Miss Wiglesworth. words of No. iv. and xviii.; Rev. E. Husband, words of xxxi. ; Rev. C. J. Ridsdale, words of xxvii. and vi. (written by the late Canon Woodward) ; the late Rt. Rev. Bishop Jenner, words of vii. ; Rev. H. A. Mills, words of xxii. (written by Rev. E. Caswall); words of xlviii. the Rev. Dr. Springett. words of xlviii.; Miss Chase, words of x xxvii.; Miss Elliott, words of xxxii.; Rev. S. J. Stone, words of xxii.; P. Kirby, words of iii.; T. T. Noble, for the music of xxviii. and xxx.; J. Fanner, music of xvi. Very great care has been taken not to trespass on copyright preserves, and I believe that every copyright in this book has been properly dealt with; but should any infringement have been made, I can only assure those who are aggrieved, that such was quite unintentional, and for doing it I beg to apologise, and to ask that communication with me on the subject will at once be made, so that the offence may be satisfactorily condoned.

EDGAR PETTMAN.
St. James' Church, Piccadilly, 1899.

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