For Christmas Day
Words: Francis Kinwelmersch, from Paradise of Dainty Devices, 1576
1. Rejoice, rejoice, with heart and voice!
In Christės birth this day rejoice!
From virgin's womb this day did spring
The precious seed that only saved man:
This day let man rejoice and sweetly sing,
Since on this day salvation first began.
This day did Christ man's soul from death remove,
With glorious saints to dwell in heaven above.
2. This day to man came pledge of perfect
This day to man came perfect unity,
This day man's grief began to surcease,
This day did man receive a remedy
For each offence and every deadly sin
With guilty heart that erst he wandered in.
3. In Christės flock let love be surely
From Christės flock let concord hate expel,
Of Christės flock let love be so embraced
As we in Christ and Christ in us may dwell;
Christ is the author of all unity,
From whence proceedeth all felicity.
4. O sing unto this glittering glorious king,
O praise his name let every living thing,
Let heart and voice, like bells of silver, ring
The comfort that this day doth bring.
Let lute, let shawm, with sound of sweet delight,
The joy of Christč's birth this day recite.
Also found in A. H. Bullen, A Christmas Garland (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885), pp. 140-141. Bullen's note from page 264:
"The author, Francis Kinwelmersh, was a member of Grays Inn. He had a brother Antony, who also wrote verse."
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