The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O The Morn The Merry Merry Morn

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Music: O The broom, the bonny bonny broom (sixteenth or seventeenth century), harmonized by Charles Wood

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #22.

1. O the morn, the merry merry morn,
    The morn of Christmas Day,
When God, the Son of God was born
    Of Mary maiden ay!

2. Sweet the song, the happy happy song,
    Precented at His birth,
And caught up by the heav'nly throng,
    'Good-will, and Peace on earth!'

3. To the town, the tiny tiny town,
    The town of Bethlem, ran
Some simple shepherds, o'er the down,
    To view Him God and Man.

4. There within a cattle cattle shed
    They find and worship Him,
Who rideth, in His realm o'erhead,
    Upon the Cherubim.

5. So, my bons, my bonny bonny boys,
    To Bethlem off be we!
But, pray you, shun whate'er annoys
    The Babe on Mary's knee.

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