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
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
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
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
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
To see the marvel come to pass,
And cry before the gentle Son
Of Mary, Deo gracias! Refrain
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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