The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Awake, Arise Good Christians

Words from the "Parish Visitor"

Music: Fred. Schilling
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 717, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Awake, arise good Christians,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day!
The self-same moon was shining,
That now is in the sky,
When a holy band of angels
Came down from God on high!
When a holy band of angels
Came down from God on high.

2. Came down on clouds of glory,
Arrayed in shining light,
Unto the shepherd people
Who watched their flocks by night.
And through the midnight silence
The heavenly host began:
"Glory be to God on Highest;
On earth, good will to man!
Glory be to God the Highest;
On earth, good will to man!"

3. Fear not, we bring good tidings,
For, on this happy morn,
The promised One, the Saviour,
In Bethlehem is born!"
Up rose the simple shepherds
All with a joyful mind;
"And let us go with speed," said they,
"This holy child to find;
And let us go with speed," said they,
"This holy Child to find."

4. Not in a kingly palace
The Son of God they found,
But in a lowly manger
Where oxen fed around.
The glorious King of Heaven,
The Lord of all the earth,
In mercy condescended
To be of humble birth.

5. Long looked the simple shepherds,
With holy wonder stirred,
Then praised God for all the things
Which they had seen and heard.
And homeward went rejoicing,
Upon that Christmas morn,
Declaring unto every one
That Jesus Christ was born.

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