The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

'Twas In A Cave On Christmas Morn

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Music: Tune, Dick grūssen wir, O Jesulein (Constance, 1623), harmonized by Charles Wood.

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #32.

1. 'Twas in a cave on Christmas morn,
    Nowell, Nowell,
Jesus, the Son of God was born,
    Nowell, Nowell, Nowell.

2. See in a crib the heav'nly Child
    Lullay, Lulláy,
Cradled by Mary, Maiden mild,
    La-Lullaby, Lullay.

3. Thitherward kings and herdmen drew
    To Ephratá,
For to adore the Babe Jesú,
    At Bethlem Ephrata

4. Then was fulfill'd the thing foretold,
    Eya, Eyá
In holy writ by bards of old,
    Eya, Eya, Eya.

5. Armies Angelick sang for mirth
    Cum Maria,
Marvellous glad o'er Jesu's birth
    Ex Matre Maria.

6. Gloria tibi, Domini,
   
Alleluyá,
Qui natus es pro homine,
    Alle-Allelúya.

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