The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Where Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing

Words: Quelle est cette odeur agréable
Traditional French Carol
From John Gay, Beggars Opera, 1778
Translator: R. Mather

Music: Quelle est cette odeur agréable
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Sheet music available at RoDeby Music Company

1. Where is that goodly fragrance flowing
To steal the senses all away
Adorns the air, and nothing like it
The shepherds sensed in fields in May?
From where that goodly fragrance flowing
To steal the senses all away?

Refrain:
All pow'rful God, and King eternal,
The heavens praise with one accord.
Grace, peace and truth give to all nations;
Spring forth from Jesus Christ our Lord.
All pow'rful God, and King eternal,
The heavens praise in one accord.

2. A light to bright, a beam so piercing
it turns our darkness into day.
The light of Christ, it is so radiant,
the beam it casts, it guides our way.
A light so bright, a beam so piercing.
It turns our darkness into day.  Refrain

3. Shepherds to Bethlehem go hasten!
And in a manger see him lay.
Adore you God, and your redeemer;
Saviour of all to win the day.
Shepherds to Bethlehem, go hasten!
And in a manger see him lay. Refrain

 

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