The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christians, Carol Sweetly

Words: William Chatterton Dix

W. Spinney, Carol 211
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

H. S. Irons, Carol 239
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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

1. Christians, carol sweetly,
Up today and sing!
‘Tis the happiest birth day
Of our Saviour King;
Haste we then to greet Him,
Humbly falling down,
While our hands entwine Him,
Dearest Babe, a crown.

2. Crowds of snow-white Angels
Throng the golden stair;
All things are delightful,
All things passing fair;
Bells, clear music making,
Peal the news to earth;
Chimes within make answer,
All is glee and mirth.

3. Michael, at the Manger,
Bows his royal face;
Gabriel, with lily,
Hides Transcendent Grace;
For, dear friends, the glory
Of that lowly bed
Overpowers the beauty
On Archangels shed.

4. Shall I tell of Joseph,,
Who, with rapt surprise,
Sees the light from Godhead
Fill those infant eyes?
Shall I sing of Mary,
Who, upon her breast,
Cradles her Creator
Soothes Him to His rest?

5. Angels, Mary, Joseph,
Yes, I greet you all!
Falling down in worship
At the Manger-stall;
For you hail our Monarch,
Born a Child to-day –
So with you I worship,
And my homage pay.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

W. Spinney, Carol 211

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H. S. Irons, Carol 239

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Sheet Music by H. S. Irons from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #13

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