The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When Csar Did The Sceptre Sway

Words: English Traditional

 

William Sandys, Christmas-tide, Its History, Festivities and Carols, With Their Music (London: John Russell Smith, 1852), pp. 273-5.

1. When Csar did the sceptre sway,
Of Roman state God's word did say,
That all the world should out of hand,
Be taxed by his great command.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

2. In David's city, in Bethlehem,
Great store of people thither came,
According to the king's decree,
In Jury land taxed to be.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

3. Then Joseph with his virgin bright,
Came with the rest at that same tide,
And their substance being but small,
Could get in the inn no lodging at all.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

4. At length a stable room they had,
In which the virgin was full glad;
And in that stable so forlorn
The world's Redeemer there was born.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

5. No palace nor a costly inn
Was found to put our Saviour in;
No costly robes of silver and gold,
To wrap Him in as reason would.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

6. No music nor sweet melody,
But glorious angels from on high,
Declare to shepherds where they lay,
That Jesus Christ was born this day.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

7. Thus Jesus Christ, in humble wise,
Appeared thus to human eyes;
Then may we all both more and less
Cast off the bands of wickedness.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

8. Let variance, strife, and all debate,
'Twixt neighbours now be out of date,
That peace may spread throughout earth then,
There shall be good will with men.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

9. Rejoice, rejoice, in sober wise,
And praise the Lord who rules the skies,
Who for our sakes thought it no scorn,
To give command now Christ is born.
    Noel, noel, may we rejoice
    To hear the angel Gabriel's voice Noel, noel.

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