The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Happy Night! A Day Was Never

For Christmas

Title: The Birth of Christ

Excerpted from Iury came to Ierusalem

Words: Anonymous

Music: Arthur Henry Brown

Source: Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #11, pp. 22-23.

"Aye, aye, this is the day
That we shall worship ever and aye."

1. Happy night! a day was never
    Half so happy, sweet, and fair
Singing soldiers (blessed ever)
    Fill the sky with sweetest air.
        Amaz'd, men fear,
        They see, they hear,
    Yet doubt and ask how this was done ;
        'Twas bid, be bold,
        It was foretold,
This night hath GOD Himself a Son.
    Cho.
            'Twas bid, be bold,
            It was foretold,
This night hath GOD Himself a Son.

2. There appears a golden usher
    Kings attending in their train ;
Heaven's bright sun could not outblush her ;
    Such a Star ne'er shone again.
        See now it stays,
        Seeming it says,
    "Go in and see what there is done.
        A Child, Whose birth
        Leagues Heaven and earth :
Jesus to us, to God a Son."
    Cho. A Child, Whose birth, etc.

3. Is not this a blessed wonder?
    God is man, and man is God.
Foolish Jews mistook the thunder
    Should proclaim this King abroad.
        Angels they sing,
        Behold the King,
In Bethlehem, where this was done.
        Then we, as they,
        Rejoice and say,
"We have a Saviour, God a Son."
    Cho. Then we, as they, &c.

Sheet Music from Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #11, pp. 22-23.

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Sheet Music by Arthur Henry Brown from The Penny Post, Vol. 31, p. 321 (1881)

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Notes:

The full song, Jury came to Ierusalem, runs to 12 verses, in two parts, each with six verses. Part I is "Of the Birth," and Part II is "Of The Passion of Christ." It is often reprinted with fewer verses.

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