The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 The Moon Shines Bright

For Christmas

Version 4
See: Notes On The Carol

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 86 86 ?

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), pp. 39-40.

The moon shines bright, the stars give light,
And a little before it was day,
Our Lord God called on us,
And did us awake and pray.

Awake, awake good people all,
Awake and you shall hear,
Our Lord, our God died on the cross,
For us whom he loved so dear.

O fair, O fair Jerusalem,
When shall I come to thee,
When all thy grief be at an end,
The joy that we may see.

The fields were green as green could be,
When from his glorious seat,
Our Lord our God he watered us,
With his heavenly dew so sweet.

And for the saving of our souls,
Christ died upon the cross,
We ne'er shall do for Jesus Christ,
As he hath done for us.

The life of man is but a span,
And cut down in his flow'r,
We're here to-day and gone to-morrow,
We are all dead in an hour.

O teach you well your children, man,
The while that you are here,
'Twill be the better for your soul, dear man,
When your corpse lies on the bier.

To-day you may be alive, dear man,
Worth many thousand pound,
To-morrow you may be a dead man,
And your body laid under ground.

With a turf at your head, dear man,
And another at your feet,
Thy good deeds and thy bad deeds, dear man,
Will altogether meet.

My song is done, I must be gone,
I can stay no longer here,
God bless you all, both great and small,
And send you a happy New Year.

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