The Moon Shines Bright
Words and melody from Sandys' Collection of Christmas Carols, 1833.
See: Notes On The Carol
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #30, pp. 52-53.
1. The moon shines bright and the stars give a light
A little before it was day;
Our Lord, our God He called on us
And bid us awake and pray.
2. 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.
3. O fair, O fair Jerusalem,
When shall I come to thee?
When shall my sorrows have an end,
Thy joy that I may see?
4. The fields were green as green could be,
When from His glorious seat
Our Lord, our God He blessÚd us
With His heavenly dew so sweet.
5. And for the saving of our souls
Christ died upon the cross:
And ne'er shall do for Jesus Christ
As He has done for us.
6. The life of a man it is but a span,
And cut down in its flower;
We are here to day and tomorrow are gone
We are all dead in an hour.
7. My song it is done and 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.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #30, pp. 52-53.
Sheet Music from Richard R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols. Part One. (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., n.d., ca. 1923), Carol 19, p. 23.
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