The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The World Is Old

Words by Laurence Housman

Music: Joseph Morrat

Source: Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., 1913), Carol #50.

1. The world is old to-night,
The world is old;
The stars around the fold
Do shine their light.
And so they did, and so,
A thousand years ago,
And so will do, dear love,
When you lie cold.

2. The world is still to-night,
The world is still;
The snow on vale and hill
Like wool lies white.
And so it was, and so,
A thousand years ago,
And so will do, dear lads,
When we lack will.

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #50

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