The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Sing A Joyous Carol

Words: Sister M. B.

Music: from "Alte Catholische geistliche Kirchengesant," Köln, 1599
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Source: Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #10, p. 14.

1. O sing a joyous carol
    Unto the Holy Child,
And praise with gladsome voices
    His mother undefiled.
Our gladsome voices greeting
    Shall hail our Infant King;
And our sweet Lady listens
    When joyful voices sing.

2. Who is there meekly lying
    In yonder stable poor?
Dear children, it is Jesus;
    He bids you now adore.
Who is there kneeling by Him
    In Virgin beauty fair?
It is our Mother Mary,
    She bids you all draw near.

3. Who is there near the cradle,
    That guards the holy Child?
It is our father Joseph
    Chaste spouse of Mary mild.
Dear children, oh, how joyful
    With them in Heaven to be!
God grant that none be missing
    From that festivity.

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