The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Carol We, And Carol We

For Christmas, For Epiphany

Words: English Traditional

Music: None Known
Meter: 86 86 (CM)

Source: Davies Gilbert, Some Ancient Christmas Carols. London: John Nichols And Son, Second Edition, 1823, Carol #15, pp. 49-50.

Now Carol we, and Carol we,
    And Hallelujah sing;
Peace be on earth, good will to men,
    Glory to God our King.

1. The Lamb that ere the world began
    Was crucified for sin,
Which for to suck his Mother's milk
    This day did first begin. Burden.

2. The Angel's joy pronounc'd his birth,
    The Shepherds ran to look,
A star did guide the pilgrimage
    Three wise Men undertook. Burden.

3. Jacob's Glory, the Gentile's Light,
    In a stable poor they sought;
To him as God, as King, as Man,
    Gold, incense, myrrh, they brought. Burden.

4. Herod did range, Rachel did weep,
    The Innocent was slain;
To penance faults the Babe exiles;
    He dies! they cry again. Burden.

5. Thou openest Heaven, thou quenchest Hell,
    Thou rentest Temple veil:
Our God, our King, our Spokesman, Judge,
    Our solemn Heir, all hail! Burden.

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