Words by Miss Mary AnnStodart (c. 1840). Melody of Disciplinae filius, from Piae Cantiones (1582), harmonized by C. W.
Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #80
1. Welcome, Christmas, welcome
Happiest season of the year.
Fires are blazing, thee to greet:
Families together meet.
Brothers, sisters, circle round,
Loud is gladness' festive sound.
For Old England loves to see
All her children welcome thee.
2. Welcome, Christmas, for thy
Calls upon us to rejoice,
Not with foolish idle mirth,
Born and perishing on earth:
Far be such ungrateful thought;
Ours are blessings dearly bought,
Dearly bought, but freely given
By the Lord of earth and heaven.
3. Fix we then on Christ our
May we feel the Saviour nigh:
May we meet around the born,
All rejoicing in the Lord;
Be the Babe of Beth'em near,
May his love the season cheer,
And each glad'ned heart and tongue
Join the Angels' Christmas Song.
Sheet Music from George
Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas,
Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray &
Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #80
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