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)
1. On Christmas night true Christians sing,
To hear what news the angels bring;
News of great joy, cause of great mirth,
Good tidings of the Saviour’s birth,
Good tidings of the Saviour’s birth.
The King of kings to us is given,
The Lord of earth and King of heav’n;
Angels and men with joy may sing,
To see and bless this newborn King,
To see and bless this newborn King.
2. Angels with joy sing in the air,
No music may with theirs compare:
While pris’ners in their chains rejoice
To hear the echo of that voice,
To hear the echo of that voice.
So now on earth can men be sad,
When Jesus comes to wish us glad;
From sin and hell to set us free,
And buy for us our liberty,
And buy for us our liberty?
3. Let sin depart, while we His grace
And glory see in Jesus’ face;
For so shall we sure comfort find
When thus this day we bear in mind,
When thus this day we bear in mind.
And from the darkness we have light,
Which makes the angels sing this night:
“Glory to God, His peace to men,
Both now and ever more.” Amen,
“Both now and ever more,” Amen.
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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