The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Hinds, Tune Up Your Pipes

Words: "Bergers par les plus doux accord" from Dictionnaire de NoŽs et Cantiques.

Melody from Dictionnaire de NoŽs et Cantiques.

English Tr. by K. W. Simpson

Source / Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #40, pp. 2-4.

Refrain:
O Hinds, Tune up your pipes and play!
O sing joyfully! Lo He cometh!
Behold Jesus is born today;
Play ye all that your hearts can say.

1. In Manger bare and lowly lying,
Of all poor men He is the stay!
On high Shepherds, this happy day,
He setteth you, Princes outvying! Refrain.

2. He made the lovely Earth and Heaven,
Yet lies in humble Manger here!
The Thunder, and the Lightning's spear
He ruleth, from Morning till Even!

3. His hand hath made the Trees and Meadows,
The Fields, the Valleys, and the Grove!
They all speak of His tender love,
Which each of us ever o'ershadows!

4 They praise Him with their happy voices!
The Birds that pipe the whole day long:
The deep Rivers that lilt their song:
Each one in His power rejoices!

5. And Man, made in His Image Holy,
For whom to-day this God was born,
No tongue findeth, His love to own,
For Jesu, so dear, and so lowly!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #40, pp. 2-4.

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