The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Must Go Gather Comfort

For Christmas

Words: Name, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century

Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor

Music: Traditional Dutch Carol

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #124, pp. 24-25.

1. I must go gather comfort
    From Jesus' pain and woe;
My life has been so sinful,
    My debt I cannot know;
The burden still is growing,
    It weighs me nigh to Hell.
But Jesu, look upon me
    And all shall yet be well.

2. The priceless hours I squandered
    Were Thine tho' lent to me
My own delight I pondered
    My heart was hard to Thee
To all things good reluctant
    Yet soft to things of Hell,
But Jesu, look upon me
    And all shall yet be well.

3. O Mary, sinners' refuge
    Excuse me to thy Son
For sorely now besets me
    The evil I have done.
Ye holy ones that wrestled
    And smile at baffled Hell
Entreat the Father for me
    That all may yet be well.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #124, pp. 24-25.

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