The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Good Christians all, rejoice and sing

Alternate Title: "Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing"

Words: Cyril Alexander Alington (1872-1955), 1931
The Hymnal 1982 adds a fifth verse to the version printed in The New English Hymnal; attribution is given to Norman Mealy (b. 1923).
This version is from The Hymnal 1982

Music: Gelobt sei Gott, Melchoir Vulpius (1560?-1616),
first published in Vulpius' Gesangbuch Jena, 1609
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: 888 with Alleluias

1. Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2. The Lord of Life is risen today!
Sing songs of praise along his way;
Let all the earth rejoice and say:1
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

3. Praise we in songs of victory
That love, that life which cannot die,
And sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

4. Your2 Name we bless, O risen Lord,
And sing today with one accord
The life laid down, the life restored:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

5. To God the Father, God the Son,
To God the Spirit, always One,
We sing for life in us begun:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


1. The New English Hymnal gives another version of verse 2:

The Lord of Life is risen for ay:
Bring flowers of song to strew his way:
Let all mankind rejoice and say:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2. Or: Thy

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