The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All Hail The Ever Glad'ning Morn

A Hymn For Christmas Day

Words attributed to John Byrom, 1692-1763

Music: Unknown
Meter: LM

Source:  Bacon, Choice Selection of Sacred Hymns (New York: S. Marks, 1819), Hymn 34, pp. 29-30.

Nativity of Christ.

1 All hail the ever glad'ning morn ?
To us a holy child is born :
To us, to us a Son is giv'n ;
Jesus the Lord of earth and heav'n.
We will the new-born King adore,
And love and praise him evermore.

2 His wide dominion shall increase,
And bless the earth with heav'nly peace,
His reign shall over all extend,
Nor shall his glorious kingdom end.
We will the new-born King, &c.

3 Behold ! the government he bears,
See what transporting names he wears,
While all the rays of truth and grace,
Shine in the dear Emanuel's face.
We will the new-born King, &c.

4 Sov'reigns to him rich odours bring,
And infant sweet Hosannas sing ;
The sons of wo, who mourn and weep,
A joyful jubilee shall keep.
We will the new-born King, &c.

5 The dumb shall sing, shall shout his name,
The lame shall leap to spread his fame,
The blind shall his salvation see,
And sin-bound captives shall go free.
We will the new-born King, &.c.

6 Lo ! God in our own flesh appears ;
Our sorrows, and our sins he bears ;
And all that in his name believe
Shall everlasting life receive.
We will the new-born King, &c.

7 All hail! thou Universal Good,
Thy birth, and thy redeeming blood,
To joys supreme shall millions raise,
And fill the eternal world with praise.
We will the new-born King adore,
And love, and praise him evermore.


Also found in Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation (New York: J. Seymour, 1817), #387.

The Birmingham Ballad Printers reports that this carol was printed in a Broadside, 1826, by printer Charles Watson:

Christmas Carols. 1. The Best Wisdom. A Carol for the New Year (Ye young and ye gay). Carol I [sic]. Good Tidings to All People (Good gentlemen and ladies all). Carol II. Christ's Love to Sinners (This second carol here I sing). Carol III. The Nativity of Christ (All hail the ever glad'ning morn)

Watson became a well-to-do printer and newspaper proprietor. His main career was at 24 High Street (1831-32), 26 Church Street (1832-34), and 23 Temple Street (1845-54). He issued ballads only from his first and least salubrious address, Jamaica Row (1826), in what must have been his earliest venture. The sheets, in most cases headed Christmas Carols, have the manuscript annotation of 1826, though one additionally has 'Christmas Eve 1824'. All are in the Bodleian Library.

WorldCat has two entries for this carol that indicate that it was also on a Broadside printed by John Evans, 42, Long-lane, London, [1780-1812]. Also on the Broadside was "Christians, Awake, Salute The Happy Morn." A copy is said to be in the University of London's Goldsmiths' Library.

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