The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Darkness Fell On The Weary Earth

For Christmas

Words: W. Chatterton Dix

Music: Joseph Barnby

Source: W. Chatterton Dix and Joseph Barnby, "Four Christmas Carols" (London: Novello, Ewer and Co. 1890), reprinted in The Musical Times and Singing Circular, Vol. 31, No. 574 (London: Novello, December 1, 1890), No. 4, p. 4.

1. Darkness fell on the weary earth,
    Gloom the nations shrouded;
Watchers long'd for the wondrous Birth,
    Hope with fear was clouded;
Suddenly burst the Light of Light!
    O fairest Star that gem'd the height,
Leading on to where Jesus lay,
    Marvelous Child the Spring of Day!

Chorus:
        Angels sing, we with them
        Do greet Thee, Babe of Bethlehem,
            Hail! all Hail!
            Hail! all Hail!

2. Sorrow fills the hearts that would hold
    Him the Wise Men sought for;
Israel's love is faint and cold --
    Love He sighed and wrought for;
Mightily aid us on our road,
    Pure Source of Light, to Light's above,
Palace of Peace, where, undefiled,
    Beautiful Mary soothes her Child. Chorus.

3. Treasures poor are those that we bring
    Yet, king Child, receive them,
Kneeling low, because Thou art King,
    At Thy feet we leave them.
Glittering crowns Thou has in store
    For all who meekly Thee adore;
Bountiful Lord, oh give me one,
    Earth's weary journey past and done. Chorus.

Sheet Music From W. Chatterton Dix and Joseph Barnby, "Four Christmas Carols" (London: Novello, Ewer and Co. 1890), reprinted in The Musical Times and Singing Circular, Vol. 31, No. 574 (London: Novello, December 1, 1890), No. 4, p. 4.

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Note from Text.

On page 1 it was noted:

"These four carols can be sung as a complete set, and may be connected (or not) by a few bars of symphony at the pleasure of the accompanist."

Also published in Novello's Tonic Sol-fa Series, No. 707, price 1d.

Editor's Note.

Also appeared in W. Chatterton Dix, ed., Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (No publisher, location or date; ca. 1870), #116, p, 4, who noted that the music was by Cedric Bucknall, Mus. Bac., Oxon., but did not state the name of the tune.

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