The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On Christmas Night, All Christians Sing

For Christmas

Words: On 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)

This is one of many variants of this carol;
See
On Christmas Night - Notes and On Christmas Night - Sheet Music.

Six verses of four lines

Music: Numerous Tunes

Source: Johnson Ballads 1392A; Edition - Bod19210
Imprint: James Guest, Printer, 93, Steelhouse-Lane, Birmingham, between 1834 and 1879.

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 dear Redeemer's birth.

2. The King of angels and of men,
The King of kings, of 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 none their ruin can repair
And prisoners in their chains rejoice;
To hear the echo of their voice.

4.  And now on earth should man be sad,
Our Saviour comes to make us glad,
From sin and hell to set us free,
And buy for us our liberty.

5.  Now sins depart, behold his grace,
And death, his life comes in the place,
And now thou may'st thy terrors see,
Thy powers great, shall conquered be.

6. Now from the darkness we have light,
Which makes the angels sing this night,
"Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore, Amen."

Broadside Johnson Ballads 1392A

Johnson Ballads 1392A-21130-Crop.jpg (378959 bytes)

Note:

See notes under On Christmas Night - Harding B 7(58).

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