The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come All You True Good Christians

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional from Gloucestershire

Source: Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1911), pp. 22-3.

1. Come all you true good Christians,
That liveth here on earth,
O salutate the morning
Of our Blessed Saviour's birth.
    This is the happy morning!
    This is the blessed morn!
    To save us all from ruin
    The Son of God was born.

2. Come, Christians all, behold the Lamb,
That on this day was born;
O come and praise His Holy Name
And usher in the morn.
    This is the happy morning!
    This is the blessed morn!
    To save us all from ruin
    The Son of God was born.

3. Now to the Father, to the Son,
Be praise and glory giv'n;
Let saints on earth with angels join
The harmony of heaven.
    This is the happy morning!
    This is the blessed morn!
    To save us all from ruin
    The Son of God was born.

Sheet Music From Sharp, English-Folk Carols (1911)
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Sheet Music From Cecil J. Sharp, Folk-Song Carols (London: Novello and Company, Ltd., 1913), No. 1178, pp. 10-11. Novello's School Songs, Book #245, edited by W. G. McNaught.

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Notes from Sharp:

Sung by the late Mr. Henry Thomas at Chipping Sodbury.

Mr. Thomas could only remember the words of the first stanza, which are given in the text exactly as he sang them to me. As I have been unable to trace the carol to which these lines belong I have added two stanzas from another and very similar set of words, consisting of three verses, entitled “The Lamb,” which I found on a broadside by Pitts. Except for a general likeness I have no reason to connect this carol with that which Mr. Thomas gave me.

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