The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Carol, Carol, Christians

For Christmas

Words: Bishop Arthur Cleveland (A. C.) Coxe, D. D. (1818-1896)
Second
Bishop of Western New York (1865-1896)

Music: See Below

Source: Carols #29 & 356, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Carol, carol, Christians,
Carol joyfully,
Carol for the coming
Of Christ's nativity;
And pray a gladsome Christmas
For all good Christian men,
Carol, carol, Christians,
Till Christmas comes again;

Refrain:
Carol, carol, Christians
Carol joyfully;
Carol for the coming:
Of Christ's nativity.

2. Go ye to the forest
Where the myrtles grow,
Where the pine and laurel
Bend beneath the snow;
Gather them for Jesus,
Wreathe them for His shrine;
Make His temple glorious
With the box and pine. Refrain

3. Wreathe your Christmas garland,
Where to Christ we pray;
It shall smell like Carmel
On our festal day;
Libanus1 and Sharon
Shall not greener be,
Than our holy chancel,
On Christ's Nativity. Refrain

4. Carol, carol Christians!
Like the Magi now,
Ye must lade your caskets,
With a grateful vow:
Ye must have sweet incense,
Myrrh and finest gold,
At our Christmas altar,
Humbly to unfold. Refrain

5. Blow, blow up the trumpet,
For our solemn feast;
Gird thine armor, Christian,
Wear thy surplice, priest;
Go ye to the altar,
Pray, with fervor, pray,
For Jesus' second coming,
And the Latter day. Refrain

6. Give us grace, O Saviour,
To put off in might,
Deeds and dreams of darkness,
For the robes of light;
And to live as lowly
As Thyself with men,
So to rise in glory
When Thou com'st again. Refrain

Footnote:

1. Ancient name of the country of Lebanon. Return

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Sheet music by M. Lindsay from Hutchins (#29)
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Sheet music by R. F. Smith from Hutchins (#356)
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Sheet Music by Rev. G. M. Hills from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #7, pp. 22-3.

Sheet music from A. B. Goodrich, ed., A New Service And Tune Book For Sunday Schools (New York: Gen. Prot. Episc. S. S. Union and Church Book Society, 1863, New Edition, Enlarged, 1866), #18, pp. 38-9.

Sheet Music by Rev. R. F. Smith from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #46

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Sheet Music from Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 124.

Dr. Dunstan notes: "This simple, but tuneful Carol, was formerly very popular in parts of Cornwall. The melody and the words -- which vary considerably from other versions -- were communicated, in 1912, by A. Wellington, Esq., Organist for several years of Truro Wesleyan Church."

Notes:

Verses 1, 2, and 6 from Hutchins. Verses 3, 4 and 5 from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #7, pp. 22-3.

Bishop Coxe was, from 1843-1854, Rector of St. John's Church, Hartford, Conn. John Clark Hollister was the Superintendent of the Sunday-School at St. Paul's Church, New Haven, Conn., when his Service and Tune Book was published in 1863.

Coxe was a prominent member of the Russo-Greek Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Church, as was Bishop John Freeman Young, author of the translation, Silent Night, Holy Night.

Bishop Coxe published several volumes of verse, including Advent (1837) and Christian Ballads (1845). One of his poems, The Chimes of England, include the following:

Those chimes, those chimes of Motherland,
Upon a Christmas morn.
Outbreaking as the angels did,
For a Redeemer born!
How merrily they call afar,
To cot and baron's hall,
With holly decked and mistletoe,
To keep the festival!

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