The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To-day In Perfect Gladness

For Christmas

The Words written expressly by the Rev. R. F. Littledale, M.A., LL.D.

Music: A French Nol set to four voices by Edmund Sedding.

Source: Antient Carols for Christmas and Other Tides Arranged For Four Voices by Edmund Sedding. Second Edition. (London: Masters and Son, 1863), pp. 8-9.

"My saull and lyfe, stand up and see
Quha lyes in ane crie of tree,
Qubat Babe is That so gude and faire,
IT is CHRIST, GOD'S SONNE and AIRE."

1. Today in perfect gladness
    Our praises let us sing,
The Lord Who heals our sadness,
    Is born today our King,
The Lord Who, like a giant,
    His course doth run,
On His own strength reliant,
    Our righteous Sun.

2. In darkness He is lying
    Who gives the sky its light,
He in a stall is crying
    Who thunders in His might;
Swathes are those Hands enfolding
    Which made the stars,
Him swaddling bands are holding
    Who burils hell's bars.

3. He comes, redemption bringing,
    He comes, the Undefiled
The Rose from Lily springing,
    The Father from His Child.
He comes, with kingly banner
    Not yet unfurl'd,
He comes, in wondrous manner,
    To save the world.

Sheet Music from  Antient Carols for Christmas and Other Tides Arranged For Four Voices by Edmund Sedding. Second Edition. (London: Masters and Son, 1863), pp. 8-9.

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