The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Year Begins Of Joy And Grace

For Christmas

Words: Mit desen niewen jare, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century

Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor

Music: Traditional Dutch Carol

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #115, pp. 10-11.

1. A year begins of joy and grace,
Like ev'ry year that sees His face,
For He who brought from darkness light,
Hath dawned upon our sight.

Chorus:
This day His Name to Jesus gave,
For He shall His poor people save,
He shall all His people save.

2. For them that fear Him health is nigh
Since justice now looks forth on high,
And mercy, truth and righteousness,
Exchange the kiss of peace. Chorus.

3. O mighty seed of Abraham!
The Prince, the Priest, the Spouse, the Lamb!
Thy kingdom is from sea to sea,
All nations come to Thee. Chorus.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #115, pp. 10-11.

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Note by Rev. Terry:

Trained choirs are recommended to sing this carol a tone higher.

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