The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

No More Sadness Now, Nor Fasting

For Christmas Day

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, ed., Hymns for Children. Intended Chiefly for Village Schools. First Series (1860), Tenth Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), #21, pp. 22-23.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

S. Luke ii. 8-15; Philippians ii. 7.

1. No more sadness now, nor fasting :
    Now we put our grief away:
God came down, the Everlasting,
    Taking human flesh, to-day.
God came down on earth a Stranger,
    Working out His mighty plan ;
God was cradled in a manger,
    Very God, and very Man.

2. There were shepherds once abiding
    In the field to watch by night,
And the saw the clouds dividing,
    And the sky above was bright;
And a glory shone around them
    On the grass as they were laid ;
And a holy Angel found them,
    And their hearts were sore afraid.

3. “Fear ye not,” he said, “for cheerful
    Are the tidings that I bring.
Unto you, so weak and fearful,
    Christ is born, the Lord and King."
As the Angel told the story
    Of the Saviour’s lowly birth,
Multitudes were singing “Glory
    Be to God, and peace on earth !”

4. Since Thy love for our salvation,
    Saviour, cover’d Thee with shame,
Let Thy Church, in every nation,
    Sing the glory of Thy Name;
Let Thy Holy Spirit make us
    Full of humbleness and love,
Like Thyself, until Thou take us
    To our Father's house above.

Note:

Luke 2:8-15.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (KJV)

Philippians 2:7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 348-349, citing Luke 2:8-20.

Luke 2:8-20.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (KJV)

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