The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Sinners Redemption

Wherein is described the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Together with his Life on the Earth, and Death on the Cross for Mankind.

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional
See: All You That Are To Mirth Inclined - Notes.

To the Tune of, My Bleeding Heart.

Printer: Unknown, ca. 1670-1700

From The Euing Collection, Euing 333, University of Glasgow Library

Source: The English Broadside Ballad Archive, University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of English, Director: Patricia Fumerton; EBBA ID: 32012.

All you that are to Mirth inclind,
Consider well and bear in mind,
What our good God for us hath done,
In sending his beloved Son.

Let all our Song and Praises be
Unto his Heavenly Majesty;
And evermore amongst our mirth,
Remember Christ our Saviours Birth.

The five and twentieth of December,
Good cause have we for to remember,
In Bethelem upon this morn,
There was our blest Messias born.

The night before that happy Tyde,
The spotless Virgin and her Guide
Where long time seeking up and down,
To find them Lodging in the Town.

And mark how all things came to pass
The Inns and Lodgings to filld was,
That they could have no Room at all
But in a silly Oxes Stall.

This night the Virgin Mary mild,
Was safe delivered of a Child,
According to Heavens decree,
Mans sweet Salvation for to be.

Near Bethelem did Shepherds keep
Their herds and flocks of feeding Sheep,
To whom Gods Angel did appear,
Which put the Shepherds in great fear.

Prepare and go the Angel said,
To Bethelem, be not afraid,
There shall you see this blessed morn,
The Princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.

With thankful hearts and joyful mind,
The Shepherds went this Babe to find;
And as the Heavenly Angel told,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.

Within a Manger was he laid,
The Virgin Mary by him staid,
Attending on the Lord of Life,
Being both Mother, Maid, and Wife.

Three Eastern Wise men from afar,
Directed by a glorious Star,
Come boldly on and made no stay,
Until they came where Jesus lay.

And being come unto the place
Whereas the blest Messias was,
They humbly laid before his feet,
Their gifts of Gold and Odour sweet.

See how the Lord of Heaven and Earth,
Shewd himself so lowly in his Birth,
A sweet Example for Mankind,
To learn to bear a humble mind

No costly Robes nor rich Attire,
Did Jesus Christ our lord desire
No Musick, nor sweet Harmony
Till glorious Angels from on high

Did in melodius manner Sing,
Praises unto our Heavenly King,
All Honour, Glory, Might, and Power,
Be unto Christ our Saviour.

If Quires of Angels did rejoyce,
Well may mankind with heart and voice,
Sing Praises to the God of Heaven,
That unto us his Son hath given.

Moreover let us every one
Call unto mind, and think upon
His righteous life, and how he dyd,
To have poor Sinners justifyd,

Suppose, O Man, that thou shouldst lye,
In Prison strong, condemnd to dye,
And that no Friend upon the Earth,
Could Ransom thee from cruel Death.

Except you can some party find,
That for your sake will be so kind,
His own hearts blood for to dispence,
And lose his life in thy defence.

Such was the love of Christ when we,
Where lost to Hell perpetually,
To save us from the Gfulph of woe,
Himself much pain did under go.

Whilst in this world he did remain,
He never spent one hour in vain,
In Fasting and in Prayer Divine
He daily spent away the time.

He in the Temple daily taught,
And many wonders strange he wrought,
He gave the Blind their perfect sight,
And made the lame to walk upright.

He cured the Lepers of their Evils,
And by his power he cast out Devils;
He raised Lzarus from the Grave,
And to the sick their Health he gave.

but yet for all these wonders wrought
The Jews his dire destruction sought:
The Traytor Judas was the Man,
That with a Kiss betrayd him then.

Then was he lead to Justice-Hall,
Like one despisd amongst them all;
And had the Sentence, given that he,
Should suffer Death upon a Tree,

Unto the Execution-place,
They brrught him on with much disgrace;
With vile reproachfull taunts and scorns,
They crownd him with a wreath of Thorns.

Then to the Cross through hands and feet,
They Naild our blest Redeemer sweet:
And further to augment his smart,
With bloody Spear they piercd his Heart.

Thus have you seen and heard aright,
The Love of Christ the Lord of might,
And how he shed his precious Blood,
Only to do us Sinners good.

Notes:

Total = 28 verses, the same as the other Broadsides in the Roxburghe and Pepys collections.

Editor's Note: There are a number of carols on this website with similar titles or lyrical themes, and some of which are derived from a single source. See: All You That Are To Mirth Inclined - Notes.

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