The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come Let Us All Sweet Carols Sing

Words: Besanšon Carol, Translated by H. R. B.

Music: Frank Champneys, M. A., M. B., &ct
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878), Carol# 49.

1. Come let us all sweet Carols sing,
Omni relicto taedio,
Mary, Mother of our King.
Chrostoque Jesu Filio.
When she had borne that Holy Thing,
Reponit in praesepio,
Reponit in praesepio.

2. Now Gabriel sweeping through the sky
Missus a Deo nuntius,
These tidings beareth from on high
Laetissimis pastoribus,
Behold your God on earth doth lie,
Invenietis protinus.

3. On Mary's bosom He is stayed,
Et albo lacte pascitur,
By her to sleep is gently laid,
Somno corpus reficitur,
Sprung from a pure and spotless Maid,
Hic Puer vobis nascitur.

4. Quickly away the shepherds flew,
Ciara Gabrielis voce,
Rejoicing as if filled anew,
Bono Bacchico liquore;
Leaping and dancing nigh they drew,
Simul in Bethlehem Judae.
Simul in Bethlehem Judae

5. Lantern or torch they needed not,
Stella clara tunc lucebat,
They found an ass within the cot,
Rauca voce qui clamabat,
Oxen were lowing; all the grot
Magno lumine fulgebat.

6. They entered then the hallowed cave
Jesum hic adoraverunt,
The best of all they had they gave,
Puerumque oraverunt,
Pardon for what was lacking crave;
Subitoque abierunt.

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Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878).

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