The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The King's Birthday

For Christmas

Alternate Title: "Awake, Glad Heart! Get Up And Sing!"

Words: The Sloan MS., A.D. 1396

Music: Richard R. Terry
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), p. 10.

1. Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
It is the birthday of thy King:
Awake! Awake!
The sun doth shake.
Light from his locks, and all the way
Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.
Awake! Awake!
Awake Glad heart, get up and sing!

2. Awake! awake! hark how th'wood rings,
Winds whisper, and the busy springs
A concert make;
Awake! awake!
Man is their high priest, and should rise
To offer up the sacrifice.
Awake! awake!
Glad heart, get up and sing!

3. I would I were some bird of star,
Flutt'ring in woods, or lifted far
Above this inn
And road of sin!
Then either star or bird should be
Shining or singing still to thee.
Awake! awake!
Glad heart, get up and sing!

Sheet Music

Note: Rev. Terry has a page at the Choral Public Domain Library (Richard R. Terry), which contains the arrangements of two of his compositions:

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