The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Carol For Christmas Eve

Alternate Title: The Lord At First Had Adam Made
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The Lord At First Had Adam Made

Words: Traditional

Music: Traditional
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Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #21

1. The Lord at first had Adam made
Out of the dust and clay,
And in his nostrils breathed life,
Eíen as the Scriptures say.
And then in Edenís Paradise
He placed him to dwell,
That he within it should remain,
To dress and keep it well.

Chorus
Now let good Christians all begin
A holier life to live,1
And to rejoice and merry be,
For this is Christmas Eve.

2. And thus within the garden he
Was set, therein to stay;
And in commandment unto him
These words the Lord did say:
"The fruit which in the garden grows
To thee shall be for meat,
Except the tree in midst thereof
Of which thou shall not eat." Chorus

3. "For in the day thou shalt it touch
Or dost to it come nigh,
If so thou do but eat thereof,
Then thou shalt surely die."
But Adam he did take no heed
Unto that only thing,
But did transgress Godís holy Law,
And so was wrapt in sin. Chorus

4. Now mark the goodness of the Lord,
Which He to mankind bore;
His mercy soon He did extend,
Lost man for to restore:
And therefore to redeem our souls2
From death and hell and thrall,3
He said His own dear Son should be
The Saviour of us all. Chorus

5. Which promise now is brought to pass:
Christians, believe it well:
And by the death of Godís dear Son,
We are redeemed from Hell.
So if we truly do believe,
And do the thing thatís right,
Then by His merits we at least
Shall live in heaven bright. Chorus

6. And now the tide is nigh at hand,
In which our Saviour came;
Let us rejoice and merry be
In keeping of the same;
Letís feed the poor and hungry souls.
And such as do it crave;
And when we die, in heaven we
Our sure reward shall have. Chorus

1. Or: A 'holy' life to live (Sandys) Return

2. Or: And 'then, for' to redeem our souls Return

3. Or: From death and 'hellish' thrall Return

Alternate Fifth Verse:

Now for the blessings we enjoy,
Which are from heaven above,
Let us renounce all wickedness,
And live in perfect love:
Then shall we do Christ's own command,
E'en His own written word;
And when we die, in heaven shall
Enjoy our living Lord: Chorus

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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