The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Remember, O Thou Man

Version 2

Compare: Remember, O Thou Man - Version 1 (Sandys, 1833)
Remember, O Thou Man - Version 3 (Rickert, 1910)
Remember, O Thou Man - Version 4 (Bullen, 1885)
 Remember, Life Is Short (Chope, 1894)

Words: Thomas Ravenscroft, from “Melismata,” 1611

Music: Thomas Ravenscroft, 1611
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Source: Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., 1913), Carol #24

1. Remember, O thou man,
O thou man, O thou man.
Remember, O thou man,
Thy time is spent:
Remember, O thou man,
How thou art dead and gone,
And I did what I can,
Therefore repent.

2. The Angels all did sing,
O thou man, O thou man,
The Angels all did sing,
Upon the hill:
The Angels all did sing
Praise to our Heavenly King,
And peace to man living,
With a good will.

3. To Bethlem did they go,
O thou man, O thou man,
To Bethlem did they go,
The shepherds three:
To Bethlem did they go,
To see where it were so,
If Christ were born or no
To set men free.

4. In Bethlem he was born,
O thou man, O thou man,
In Bethlem he was born,
For mankind's sake:
In Bethlem he was born
For us that were forlorn,
And therefore took no scorn,
Our flesh to take.

5. Give thanks to God always,
O thou man, O thou man,
Give thanks to God always,
Most joyfully:
Give thanks to God always
For this our happy day,
Let all men sing and say,
Holy, holy.

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #24

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