The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Night

For Christmas

Also known as
On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
On Christmas Night True Christians Sing
The Sussex Carol

See: On Christmas Night - Notes

Words: On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Attributed to Bishop Luke Waddinge (1628- ca. 1691), Bishop of Ferns, Ireland
A Smale Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (Ghent, 1684)
Six verses of 4 lines.

 Music: English Traditional
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML / PDF

Meter: 88 88

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847, Reprinted by Michael Raven, 2007), pp. 20-21.

On Christmas night true Christians sing
To hear what news the angels bring,
News of great joy, cause of great mirth,
News of our dear Redeemer's birth.

The King of Kings to us is given,
The Lord of earth and King of heaven,
Angels and men with joy may sing,
To see and bless their new-born King.

Angels with joy sing in the air,
None with their music can compare,
And prisoners in their chains rejoice;
To hear the echo of their voice.

And now on earth can men be sad,
Our Saviour comes to make us glad,
From sin and hell to set us free,
And buy for us our liberty.

Let sin depart -- behold his grace,
His precious death has brought us peace,
And we may our comforts see,
Our enemies shall conquered be.

Now from the darkness we have light,
Which makes the angels sing this night,
"Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore, Amen."

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