The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come One And All, Come Great And Small

For Christmas

"Thy welcome eve, loved Christmas, now arrived,
The parish bells their tuneful peals resound,
And mirth and gladness every breast pervade."
Romaine Joseph Thorne, c. 1780.

Words: Rev. Samuel Childs Clarke, M.A. (1821-1903)

Music: Arthur H. Brown.

Source: Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #24, pp. 52-53.

1. Come one and all, come great and small,
Come lad and lass, come sire and son,
It is our Christmas Festival,
And absent there must be not one.
Now right good cheer shall crown the year,
Whilst kith and kin do gather round;
For all the steeples far and near
A peal of welcome shall resound.

Chorus.
Now right good cheer shall crown the year,
Whilst kith and kin do gather round;
For all the steeples far and near
A peal of welcome shall resound.

2. And now once more to rich and poor
"Glad tidings of great joy" are come,
While all within the old Church door
Can seek and find one common home.
There each can raise his strain of praise
To hail the Lord's Nativity;
Like Angel-hosts in olden days
Poured forth harmonious minstrelsy.

Chorus.
There each can raise his strain of praise
To hail the Lord's Nativity;
Like Angel-hosts in olden days
Poured forth harmonious minstrelsy.

3. Those anthems o'er, oft sung of yore,
That waken joy at Noel-tide;
The feast is spread in bounteous store,
The rich man's gates are open wide :
And hearty wishes now go round ;
That happiness may crown the day,
And still in coming years abound
When Father Christmas holds his sway.

Chorus.
And hearty wishes now go round ;
That happiness may crown the day,
And still in coming years abound
When Father Christmas holds his sway.

Sheet Music from Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #24, pp. 52-53.

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Notes:

The three-line quotation from the verse of Romaine Joseph Thorn is from his "Christmas. A Poem", published separately in 1795, and also included in an anthology of Mr. Thorn's verse in 1808. Previously it was only available from excerpts printed in Brand's Popular Observations and Vizetelly's Christmas with The Poets, however, both the full poem and the compilation of poems are now available as separate publications at Google Books:

The full text will be available shortly at this site. Please check back. In the meantime, the six excerpts are available here as:

Christmas Eve

The Christmas Carol

Christmas Sports

Evergreen-Decking At Christmas

The Christmas Box

The Christmas FeastPrint Page Return Home Page Close Window

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