The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Awake! Ye Nations

Words and Music: By Moyle, Chacewater

Source: Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 116.

1. Awake! ye nations of the earth,
And celebrate the Saviour's birth;
With grateful hearts salute the morn,
On which the Saviour Christ was born.

2. The shining Hosts on winds of love,
Flew swiftly from the courts above
With acclamations from the skies
And seiz'd the Shepherds with surprise.

3. The Heav'nly Choir around did sing:
"This Day is born the Saviour-King."
They swell their notes of praise again:
"Glory to God, Goodwill to men."

Sheet Music

 

Awake! Ye Nations (I)

Awake! Ye Nations (II)

Note from Dr. Dunstan at the head of the first arrangement:

This is a Carol of the Redruth-Camborne type with an instrumental postlude.

Concerning the second tune, Dr. Dunstan writes:

This Tune is from a very old MS. Collection in the possession of Mr. W. C. Dunstone, of Portloe. It is the only tune with the name "Cornwall" I have ever seen in the old Cornish books.

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