The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Brothers, 'Tis The Holy Season

For Christmas

Words: Veci le Saintam' me fraire, Traditional Burgundian NoŽl
Translation from La Monnoye by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Music: Traditional Burgundian NoŽl

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #72, pp. 10-11.

1. Brothers it is the holy season
    When our God and Lord
Came to Bethlehem by reason
    Of our dis-accord.
Earth was out of tune with heaven,
    Man of men had scorn,
When, our natures paste to leaven,
    God of man was born.

2. Elements His every feature
    Day by day renew,
As the Maker makes his Creature
    So on earth He grew.
Water into wine He alters
    When the feast is scant,
Showing how, when nature falters
    He can fill the want.

3. When in public ministration
    First His way He trod,
John cried out in admiration:
    ' Lo! The Lamb of God!'
God delights in poet-reason
    Rhyming deed and word;
So at one dear lambing-season
    Firstling came our Lord.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #72, pp. 10-11.

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