The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Joy! Joy! From Every Steeple

Words by G. R. W. Melody of Andro and his cutty gun, harmonized by C. W.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #87

Refrain
Joy! joy! from every steeple;
Joy! ring the bells to-morn;
Joy! joy! for priest and people;
Joy! God on earth is born.

1. Ere break of day, on Xmas morn,
Were herd-men by an Angel told
Wherein a manger He was born,
Whom heav'n and earth can no-how hold. Refrain

2. Then did the armies of the sky
Chaunt, "In excelsis gloria,
All glory be to God on high,
Qui natus est ex maria." Refrain

3. And, "Peace, good-will to men on earth,"
Thereto these Seraph glee-men sung
Upon the midnight of his birth,
When heav'n itself with music rung. Refrain

4. Then, on the Feast of Christmas-day,
When all are glad, or should be so,
My masters, with me sing and say,
Benedicamus Domino! Refrain

5. In heart to Bethlem let us run,
To see the marvel come to pass,
And cry before the gentle Son
Of Mary, Deo gracias! Refrain

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #87
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