The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 Today The Light Of Angels Bright

Nunc Angelorum gloria

For Christmas

XIV Cent. Melody, given by Triller, 1559 (see Layriz), and harmonized by Rev. J. R. Lunn.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1901, Revised and Expanded Edition), Carol #24

1. Today the light of Angels bright
  For man below
Doth fill the world with gladness:
  Nowell, Nowell, I pray you well,
Keep Christmas-tide
With Hearts devoid of sadness.
See in joy before her Babe
The Virgin mother bending:
Our gloomy night in noonday bright
  Hath Ending

2. Sing out with bliss, His name it is
  Emmanuel,
God with us, now and ever:
He doth away out sin to-day;
  Then, guilty souls,
Henceforth despair ye never;
Ring a peal of jubile,
Ye bells from every steeple,
And your redeeming Lord extol,
  Ye people.

3. Tell us, ye shepherds, whom you saw
  At Bethlehem,
With Mary in the stable?
Christ, very God and very Man,
  Of sinners all
The Saviour merciable.
Shineth light from heaven around,
And peace mankind regaineth:
That lovely May a Virgin aye
  Remaineth.

4. Born is the King of kings in hay
  De Virgine:
He keeps us all from danger!
Born for poor folk, the Lord to-day,
  De Maria,
Doth lie in lowly manger:
Therefore sing, Laud, honour might,
Glory to God in heaven,
And peace on earth, good will to men
  Be given.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #24
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Also found in G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #16, pp. 24-26.

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