The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

We've Decked The Church With Ivy

Words: Unknown

Music: Rev. J. S. B. Hodges, D. D.
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Carol 674, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
See Notes under The Holly And The Ivy.

1. We’ve decked the Church with Ivy,
And holly branches gay,
We’ve wreathed the shining laurel
‘Round font and pillars grey;
And now we come right gladly
To join the angel strain,
Of peace on earth, and glory
To God again.

Chorus
A merry, merry Christmas,
The Church bells ring,
A joyful, joyful Christmas,
We children sing
For Christ was born at Christmas,
Our Saviour King.

2. On that first blessed Christmas
The wise men we’ve been told,
Brought gifts to the Child Jesus,
Myrrh, frankincense and gold;
And we, though little children,
Have love as deep as they,
And long to bring some off’ring
This Christmas Day. Chorus

3. We have no gold to bring Him,
No spices rare and sweet,
But He doth call the children,
So, kneeling at His feet,
We’ll give ourselves, dear Jesus,
And earnestly we’ll pray
To be kept very faithful
E’en from today. Chorus

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #

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