The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Carol For Christmas Eve

Words: Louis F. Benson, November 29, 1917

Music: The Seven Joys Of Mary, Traditional English Carol
Meter: CMD
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Source: Louis F. Benson, Hymns Original And Translated (Philadelphia: The Plimpton Press, 1925)

1. The winter night was dark and still,
    The village lay asleep;
In meadows underneath the hill
    The shepherds watched their sheep:
The shepherds watched their sheep, good Lord,
    But angels watched o'er Thee,
While Mary held Thee to her heart,
    And they sang jubilee.

2. As now the Yule-log glows aflame,
    And winds without run wild,
We softly speak the blessed Name
    They gave Thee as a child,
They gave Thee as a child, good Lord;
    O winter winds, be still!
O Christmas star, shine down again
    On meadow and on hill!

3. Lord Jesus, look from Heaven above,
    And come, Lord Jesus, here;
To fill our home with Christmas love
    Our hearts with Christmas cheer,
Our hearts with Christmas cheer, good Lord;
    And happy may we be,
All lads and maidens in our homes
    And sailor boys at sea.

4. O Mary's Son, for her sweet sake
    All womankind is blest;
We praise Thy Name when first we wake,
    And when we go to rest:
And when we go to rest, good Lord,
    Our nightly thanks are given
For all good mothers, some on earth,
    And some with Thine in Heaven.

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