On Christmas Night
Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Attributed
to Bishop Luke Waddinge (1628- ca. 1691), Bishop of Ferns, Ireland
A Smale Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (Ghent, 1684)
Source: Christmas Carols (London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., and Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1869), Carol #2, pp. 6-7. The compiler of this volume was anonymous. It was a collection of 47 carols, 48 pages, text only.
1. On Christmas
night all Christians sing,
To hear what news the angels bring;
News of great joy, cause of great mirth,
News of our great Redeemer's birth!
2. The King of
angels and of men,
The King of kings, and earth, and heaven!
Angels and men with joy may sing,
To see, and bless the new-born King.
3. Angels with joy
sing in the air
For gladsome is the news they bear;
And feeble men on earth rejoice
To hear the echo of their voice.
4. And now on earth
shall we be sad?
Christ Jesus come to make us glad,
From sin and hell to set us free,
And buy for us our liberty.
5. Now from the
darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night
"Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore, Amen."
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