The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Let Us Sing

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional From Armscote, Worcestershire
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Source: Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1911)

1. Come, let us sing our sweetest voice,
And choose our tune most dear.
Gladly we welcome Christmas Day
The happiest of the year.
The happiest of the year.
2. Deck every hearth with holly green,
Let not a care intrude,
But Christian love and joy be seen
And heartfelt gratitude.
And heartfelt gratitude.
3. For sad indeed has been our case,
Most piteous and forlorn,
No hope for pardon or for grace,
Had Jesus not been born.
Had Jesus not been born.
4. My song is done, I must be gone,
I can stay no longer here;
God bless you all, both great and small,
And send you a happy New Year.

Sheet Music from Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1911)

Notes from Cecil Sharp:

In several parts of England I have found carols which are peculiar to certain villages, by the inhabitants of which they are regarded as private possessions of great value, to be jealously guarded and retained for their own use. These are not traditional or folk-carols but the elementary compositions of simple musicians, very possibly of those who in the old days were members of the Church bands. They are easily distinguished from the popular carol by the formal nature of the music and words, and also by the fact that many of them are written in parts. Some of thee compositions are by no means without merit. The melodies, if not inspired, are usually strong and sincere, and, plainly, the expression of genuine feeling. [This] example, which may be taken as fairly representative of the type, was noted at Armscote, a small hamlet in Worcestershire.

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