The Hymns and Carols of Christmas


Alternate Titles: I Am So Glad on Christmas Eve and How Glad I Am Each Christmas Eve

Words: "Jeg Er Saa Glad Hver Julekveld," Marie Wexelsen, 1859; translated from Norwegian to English by Peter Andrew Sveeggen (1881-?). Wexelsen (1832-1911) published three children's books, among them Ketil, en Julegave for De Smaa ("Ketil, a Christmas Gift for Little Ones"), where this Christmas carol introduced a longer story. At that time she entitled it "The Child's Christmas Carol."

Music: "Jeg Er Saa glad" ("Christmas Eve"), Peder Knudsen, 1859
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

1. I am so happy on Christmas Eve,
The night when Christ was born.
The stars shown brightly as noon day sun.
The heav'ns burst forth into song!

2. I am so happy on Christmas Eve,
For shepherds sang of His birth.
The Son of God, the Holy One -
This night has come to earth.

3. Our song breaks forth on this Christmas Eve,
While at His cradle we kneel.
The Christ, the Lord has come to earth
All pain and sorrow to heal.

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