The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christen People, Christmas-Morn

Words: George Radcliffe Woodward


Music: Setting of Caro Liet' Amato Dý by Charles Wood
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Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., An Italian Carol Book (London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920), #5

1. Christen people, Christmas-morn
        Buddeth you
        Up and view
Where the king of bliss is born.
         Let the Star,
    When o'er frith and fen
        From afar
    Led the holy men
To manger,
Point the way
That ye may
On this day
Worship Mary's Babe as they.

2. Seek ye, with the herds a-field,
        There with them
Firstlings of your flock to yeild.
         There give ear
    To the Seraph throng
        Chanting clear
    Merry Matin-song;
'Peace on earth, Good-will,' they cry
Through the sky

3. Sith, to save mankind forlorn,
        Jesu Christ,
        God most High'st,
Condescendeth to be born,
        Let mankind,
    To his greater praise,
        Have a mind
    Heart and voice to raise,
And anon let Mass be sung,
Bell be run,
Censer swung,
Jesu's Name on every tongue.

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