The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Hear Along Our Street

Original Title: A Christmas Carol
Translation of J'antan Po No RuŽ, from Noei Bourguignon De Gui Barozai

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).
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William Sandys, Christmas-tide, Its History, Festivities and Carols, With Their Music (London: John Russell Smith, 1852), pp. 290-1.

1. I hear along our street
    Pass the minstrel throngs:
    Hark! they play so sweet,
On their hautboys, Christmas songs!
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

2. In December ring,
    Every day the chimes;
    Loud the gleemen sing,
In the streets, their merry rhymes.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

3. Shepherds at the grange,
    Where the Babe was born,
    Sang with many a change,
Christmas carols until morn.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

4. These good people sang,
    Songs devout and sweet,
    While the rafters rang,
There they stood with freezing feet.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

5. Nuns in frigid cells,
    At this holy tide,
    For want of something else,
Christmas songs at times have tried.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

6. Washerwomen old,
    To the sound they bear,
    sing by rivers cold,
With uncovered heads and feet.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

7. Who by the fireside stands,
    Stamps his feet and sings;
    But he who blows his hands,
Not so gay a carol brings.
    Let us by the fire
    Ever higher
Sing them till the night expire!

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