Joy Fills Our Inmost Hearts Today!
Alternate Title: Emmanuel, God With Us
Words: William Chatterton Dix
Music: "Gaudete," Samuel Smith (1821-?), 1874
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Source: William Chatterton Dix, Four Joyful Hymns for Christmas Tide (London: G. J. Palmer, 1865), p. 3, and Hymns and Carols for Children (London: W. Knott, 1869), #17, p. 15, et al.
1. Joy fills our inmost hearts today!
The Royal Child is born:
And Angel hosts in glad array
His advent keep this morn.
Rejoice, rejoice, the Incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell ;
No sweeter sound than this is heard,
Emmanuel! Emmanuel! 1
2. Low at the cradle throne we bend,
We wonder and adore;
And think2 no bliss can ours transcend,
No rapture3 sweet before. Refrain
3. For us the world must lose3b its charms
Before the manger shrine,
Where folded4 in Thy mother’s arms,
Thou sleepest,5 Babe divine. Refrain
4. Angels are thronging round Thy bed,
Thine infant grace to see;
The stars are paling o'er Thy head,
The Day-spring dawns with Thee. Refrain
5. Thou art the Very Light of light,
Enlighten us, Sweet Child;6
That we may keep Thy birthday bright,
With service undefiled. Refrain
Sheet Music "Gaudete" by Samuel Smith from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #6
Sheet Music by Henry Gadsby from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols
Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #49
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Sheet Music by Henry Gadsby from Henry Ramsden Bramley and
Christmas Carols New and Old,
(London: Novello, Ewer &
Co., ca 1878), #46, pp. 98-99.
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1. This refrain was found in Dix, Four Joyful Hymns for Christmas Tide (1865), p. 3, Dix, Hymns and Carols for Children (1869), #17, p. 15, and Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (1870), "The Church's Thanksgiving," #15, "Emmanuel," p. 4. Other refrains include:
Hutchins #6, and others:
Rejoice, rejoice! Th’ incarnate Word
The following is reportedly found in Church Times (1865) and is found in Bramley and Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Series 3, #46, pp. 98-99 (London: Novello, 1878):
The Holy One is Mary's Son,
God comes on earth to dwell,
With joy proclaim His glorious Name,
Emmanuel, Emmanuel. Return
2. Or: And feel Return
3. Or: No joy was Return
3b. Or: loose it's charms, as in Dix's Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (1870). Return
4. Or: When, folded Return
5. Or: We see Thee, Return
Thou Light of uncreated Light,
Shine on us, holy Child;
Also from Church Times (ca. 1865):
Thou Light of uncreated Light,
Enlighten us, sweet Child
Dr. Julian reported that this carol was first published in Church Times, circa 1865, and thereafter in several of Dix's pamphlets and collections. We have been unable to find that issue of Church Times to date (January 13, 2018), however, we've chosen not to pay for access to their archives.
In Dix's Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (ca. 1870), Hymn #15, p. 4, Dix noted that the music was from "MS," meaning manuscript, but he did not specify either the manuscript or the name of the tune.
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