The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Carol For Christmas Day

All This Night Bright Angels Sing

Words: William Austin (1587-1634), ca. 1630
Author of Devotionis Augustinianae Flamma, 1635

Music: Arthur S. Sullivan

 

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #41

1. All this night bright angels sing,
Never was such caroling,
Hark! A voice which loudly cries,
"Mortals, mortals, wake and rise.
    Lo! To gladness
    Turns your sadness:
From the earth is risín a Son,
Shines all through day be done."

2. Wake, O earth, wake everything,
Wake and hear the joy I bring:
Wake and joy; for all this night,
Heaven and every twinkling light,
    All amazing,
    Still stand grazing;
Angels, Powers, and all that be,
Wake, and joy this Sun to see.

3. Hail! O sun, O blessed Light,
Sent into this world by night;
Let Thy Rays and heavínly Powírs,
Shine in these dark souls of ours.
    For most duly,
    Thou art truly
God and man, we do confess:
Hail, O Sun of Righteousness!

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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Sheet Music by Arthur S. Sullivan from Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), # 2
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
For more information about Sir Arthur Sullivan's contributions to Christmas music, see A Sullivan Christmas, which includes another MIDI, plus a printable score, of this hymn.

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Sheet Music by J. T. Field from Hutchins, # 236
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

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Sheet Music by F. Fruttchey from Hutchins, # 257
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

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Sheet Music by Louis Erhardt, 1878
Source: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division,
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
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(American Memory, Performing Arts-Music)

Sheet Music by E. J. Fitzhugh, 1885
Source: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division,
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
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(American Memory, Performing Arts-Music)

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