The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined

A New Christmas Carol


For Christmas

Date Published: 1728-1763?

Author: Unknown
 See: All You That Are To Mirth Inclined - Notes.

Standard Tune: Not Given

Printed and Sold in Bow-church-Yard, London.

Source: The Roxburghe Collection, Roxburghe 3.552, The British Museum
The English Broadside Ballad Archive, University of California, Santa Barbara
Let all that are to mirth inclind

A New CHRISTMAS CAROL -- Let All That Are To Mirth Inclin'd

Note: In the original transcription, missing letters were included within square brackets. To make it easier to read, I have omitted those brackets on this page.

LET all that are to mirth inclind,
Consider well and bear in mind,
What our good God for us has done,
In sending us his belovd Son.

Let all our songs and praise be
Unto his heavenly Majesty;
And evermore, amongst our mirth,
Remember Christ our Saviours birth;

The twenty-fifth day of December,
We have great reason to remember.
In Bethlehem, upon this morn,
The great Messiah Christ was born;

The night before that happy tide,
The spotless Virgin and her guide,
Were long time seeking up and down,
To find some lodging in the town:

But mark how all things came to pass,
The inns and lodgings filled was
That they could have no room at all.
But in a filthy oxs stall.

This night the Virgin Mary mild
Was safe deliverd of a child,
According unto heavns decree,
Mans God and Saviour for to be.

Near Bethlehem some shepherds kept
And watchd their flocks whilst others slept,
To whom Gods angel did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.

Prepare and go, the angel said,
To Bethlehem, be not afraid,
There shall you see this blessed morn,
The blessed babe sweet Jesus born.

With thankful hearts and joyful mind,
The shepherds went this babe to find,
And as the heavenly angel told,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.

Within a manger was he laid,
The Virgin Mary by him staid,?
Attending on the Lord of life,
Being both mother, maid, and wife.

Three eastern wise men from afar,
Directed by the glorious star,
Came boldly on, and made no stay,
Until they came where Jesus lay.

And being come unto the place
Where the blessed Messiah was,
They humbly laid before his feet
Their gifts of gold and odour sweet.

See how the Lord of heaven and earth
Shewd himself lowly in his birth:
A sweet example for mankind,
To learn to bear an humble mind,

No costly robes nor rich attire,
Did Jesus Christ our Lord desire;
No music or sweet harmony,
Till glorious angels from on high

Did in melodious manner sing
Praises unto our heavenly King.
All honour, glory, might and power,
Be unto Christ our Saviour.

If choirs of angels did rejoice,
Well may mankind with heart and voice,
Sing praises to the God of heaven,
That unto us his Son has given,

Moreover, let us evry one,
Call unto mind, and think upon
His righteous life, and how he dyd
To have poor sinners justifyd.

Suppose, O man! that thou shouldst lie
In prison strong, condemnd to die,
And that no man upon the earth,
Could ransom thee from cruel death,

Except you can some party find,
That for your sake would be so kind
Freely to part with his own blood,
To save thy life, to do thee good.

Such was the love of Christ, when we
Must else have lain perpetually
In hell, our souls from thence to save,
Himself a sacrifice he gave.

Whilst in this world he did remain,
He never passd a day in vain;
In fasting, preaching, prayer divine.
He daily in the temple taught,

And many miracles he wrought:
He gave the blind their perfect sight,
And made the lame to walk upright;
He cured the lepers of their evils,

And by his power cast out devils;
He called Lazarus from the grave;
nd to the sick their health he gave:
And yet, for all such good works wrought,

The Jews his full destruction sought;
The traitor Judas was the man,
That with a kiss betrayd him then;
Then he was led to justice-hall,

Like one despisd amongst them all;
And had the sentence gin that he
Must suffer death upon a tree.
Unto the execution place,

They brought him with disgrace;
With vile reproaching taunts and scorns,
They put him on a crown of thorns;
Then to the cross, thro hands and feet,

They naild him fast, but oh! how great
Must be the pain and anguish he
There sufferd on the cursed tree:
But thats not all, to augment the smart,

With bloody spear they piercd his heart.
     Thus have you seen and heard aright,
The love of Christ the Lord of might;
And how he shed his precious blood,
Only to do us sinners good.

Let all that are to mirth inclinded - Broadside from the Roxburghe Collection

Other Text from the Broadside




Wood Engravings of the following Saints were mounted on the left and right of the Broadside:

St. Barnabas.

St. Simon.

St. Jude.

St Bartholomew

St. Philip.

St. James Major


These texts appear above the two columns that contain the Christmas song.

The Ten Commandments.

From the XXth Chapter of Exodus.

1 THOU shalt have no other Gods but me.

2 Before no Idol bend thy Knee.

3 Take not the Name of God in vain.

4 Nor dare the Sabbath-day profane.

5 Give both thy Parents Honour due.

6 Take heed that thou no Murder do.

7 Abstain from Deeds and Words unclean.

8 Nor steal, tho thou art Poor and Mean.

9 Nor tell a wilful lie, nor love it.

10 What is thy Neighbours do not covet.


From Matthew xxii. 17.

WITH all thy Soul love God above,
And as thyself thy Neighbour love.


Our Saviours Golden Rule, from Matt. vii. 12.

BE you to others so kind and true,
As youd have others be to you;
And neither do nor say to Men,
Whateer you would not make again.


Salvation ascribed to Jesus Christ.

GLORY to Jesus Christ, the Son.
of David and of God,
Who brought the News of Pardon down
And bought it with his Blood.
To Jesus Christ our glorious King,
Be endless Praises given;
Let all the Earth his Praises sing,
Who made our Peace with Heavn.


WIthin this rock that rock is laid,
Who both the tomb and maker made;
A man that neer was such beside;
Tho just, none so unjustly dyd.
Nothing he owd, and yet did pay
The whole worlds debt all in one day.
He living gave relief to all,
That did in faith upon him call;
And on the cross he prayd for those
That to the death did him oppose;
And while by the hand of death he fell,
He conquerd Death, the Devil and Hell:
Therefore unto his holy name,
Be Honour, Glory, Power, Fame.

Printed and Sold in Bow-church-Yard. London.

Editor's Note: There are a number of carols on this website with similar titles or lyrical themes, and some of which are derived from a single source. See: All You That Are To Mirth Inclined - Notes.

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