The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Away, Dark Thoughts, Awake My Joys

Words: Rev. J. Mason, Altered by R. R. C.
Compare: Away Dark Thoughts

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

See: Nunc Dimittis - John Cennick

Music: Mr. Arthur Henry Brown,
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #83

1. Away, dark thoughts, awake my joys,
Awake, in glory sing
A song to celebrate the birth
Of Christ our God and King,
Of Christ our 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.
To cheer and visit thee.

Chorus
Noel, Noel, Loudly let the welcome ring!
Noel, Noel, On the Birthday of our King.

2. The wakeful shepherds near their flocks
Were watchful for the morn;
And better news from Heav'n was brought,
Our Saviour Christ was born,
Our Saviour Christ was born.
In Bethlehem town the Infant lay,
Within a place obscure;
O little Bethlehem, poor in walls,
But rich in furniture,
But rich in furniture. Chorus

3. Since Heav'n is now come down on earth,
Hither the angels fly;
Hark! how the heav'nly choirs do sing,
"Glory to God on high,"
Glory to God on high."
The news is spread, the Church is glad,
Simeon his lullaby
Sings with the Infant in his arms,
"Now let Thy servant die,"
"Now let Thy servant die." Chorus

4. Wise men from far beheld the star
That was their faithful guide;
Until it pointed out the Babe,
And Him they glorified.
And Him they glorified.
If Heav'n and earth rejoice and sing,
Shall we our Christ deny?
Who, born for man, brings us to Him;
All praise to God on high,
All praise to God on high. Chorus

Sheet Music from Chope

 

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