The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Descend From Heav'n, Ye Angels, Come

Words from the Mainz Gesangbuch (1628), translated by G. R. W. The Melody (said to come from Katharina Tirs' Hymnarius, 1588) harmonized by C. W.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #70, and
George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #423

1. Descend from heav'n, ye Angels, come:
Eya! Eya! Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby;
With song, ding-dong, with pipe and drum;
Alléluyá, Alléluyá,
Sing ye of Jesus, Mary's Son.

2. Nor leave behind, ye tuneful quires,
Eya! Eya! Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby;
Your merry harpsichords and lyres;
Alléluyá, Alléluyá,
And sing of Jesus, Mary's Son.

3. And let your voices rise and fall,
Eya! Eya! Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby;
With organ, lute and virginal;
Alléluyá, Alléluyá,
In praise of Jesus, Mary's Son.

4. Sing, "Peace, goodwill from shore to shore":
Eya! Eya! Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby;
"Glory on high for evermore";
Alléluyá, Alléluyá,
In praise of Jesus, Mary's Son.

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #70
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