The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Joyful Mirth

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 8888

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), p. 18.

Let Christians now in joyful mirth,
The young and old, both great and small,
till think upon a Savior's birth,
Who brought salvation to us all.

And thus our God, his Son did send,
Who cruel Jews did hold in scorn;
No pompous train did there attend.
This King of kings where he was born.

No place but in an oxes' stall,
The place of his nativity,
Indeed this should instruct us all,
To learn of his humility.

Twas in the city of David then,
As holy Scriptures make appear,
And in the time of taxing, when
They came both far and near.

The virgin Mary then by name,
And Joseph most exceeding kind,
When they into the city came,
No habitation could they find.

But in a stable mean where they
Continued to the blessed morn,
Let us rejoice and keep this day,
Whereon the Lord of Life was born.

Upon this day let none be found,
To practice in idle game,
And though thy mirth should much abound,
In innocence, let it remain.

Relieve your neighbors that are poor,
You are commanded so to do,
Out of the bounty of your store,
That they may all rejoice with you.

Thus is your mirth with one accord,
See that you do all evil shun,
And sing your praises to the Lord,
For sending his beloved Son.

He that descended from above,
Who freely for our sins has died,
Make him the pattern of our love,
So many joys be sanctified.

You that do read these lines I pray,
Let all your hearts be so inclin'd,
To give due honour to this day,
Which brought salvation to mankind.

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