The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Merry Christmas

Words: John Wheeler, Date Unknown

Music: William James, Date Unknown

1. Sun gleams bright, hearts are light,
Merry, merry Christmas.
Bells Ring out, Children shout
Merry, merry, merry Christmas.
Sheep in fold, Shine like gold,
As the day is dawning.
Riding by, Stockmen cry
"Welcome, Christmas morning."

2. Golden day. When we say
Merry, merry Christmas
In the street, Where we meet,
Merry, merry, merry Christmas.
And with pride, Far and wide,
All our homes adorning,
Earth and sky, Sound the cry,
"Welcome, Christmas morning."

3. So with Joy Man and boy,
Sing with us together;
On this morn, Christ was born.
Merry, merry, merry Christmas.
Raise the song, Loud and strong,
In the shining weather.
Joys bells ring, Christ the King,
Merry, merry, merry Christmas.

Earthly Delights: Xmas Carols

Here is another Australian carol by writer John Wheeler and composer William James. Though not as well-known  as 'Carol of the Birds' this tune is equally evocative - though this time of the socialness of Christmas.


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