The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Away Dark Thoughts

Words: English Traditional
Compare: Away, Dark Thoughts, Awake My Joys

See: Away, Dark Thoughts; Awake, My Joy - John Mason
(the original hymn, with notes)

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 8686

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), p. 19.

Away dark thoughts, awake my joys
Awake in glory sing,
A song to celebrate the birth,
Of Jacob's God and King.

O happy night that brought forth light,
Which makes the blind to see,
The day-spring from on high came down
To cheer and visit thee.

The watchful shepherds near their flocks,
Were watchful for the morning,
And better news from heaven was brought,
Our Savior Christ was born.

In Bethlehem town the infant lay,
Within a place obscure;
O little Bethlehem, poor in walls,
But rich in furniture.

Since heaven is now come down to earth.
Hither the Angels fly,
Hark! How the heavenly choir do sing.
Glory to God on high.

The news is spread, the church is glad,
Simeon o'ercome with joy,
Sings with the infant in his arms,
"Now let thy servant die."

Wise man from 'far beheld the star,
Which was the faithful guide;
Until it pointed out the babe,
And him, they glorified.

Does heaven and earth rejoice and sing,
Shall we our Christ deny,
He's born for us, and we for him,
Glory to God on High.

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