The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

With Raptures Abounding And Music Resounding

Words and Music: English Traditional


Source: W. A. Pickard-Cambridge, A Collection of Dorset Carols (London: A. W. Ridley & Co., 1926), #16

1. With raptures abounding,
And music resounding
And Angels surrounding,
Glad homage to pay,
Let every nation,
With loud acclamation
Proclaim the salvation
That's wrought on this day:
    Let every nation
    With loud acclamation
    Proclaim the salvation
    That's wrought on this day.

2. Expos'd to great danger
The blest Infant stranger
Was laid in a manger,
In oxen stall,
Past all comprehension,
Let ev'ry one mention
His great condescension
To save us all.

3. Let no-one betray Him,
Or ever dismay Him,
But always obey Him
In truth and in love.
Then joys in confessing
He'll give with His blessing,
Beyond all expressing,
In Heaven above.

4. All glory and power
To God every hour!
Let peace e'er be showered
From Heaven to earth!
Goodwill to the living,
Thank God for His giving
Us grace to believe it
Our Saviour's birth.

Sheet Music - Version 1
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Note from Pickard-Cambridge: Verse 2 should be sung unaccompanied. The second version of the music may be effectively used as a string accompaniment to the last verse, the voices still continuing to sing the first version.

Sheet Music - Version 2
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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