The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ Was Born On Christmas Night

Words by Bishop C. W. Stubbs

Sheet Music by Sir Thomas Wardle and T. Tertius Noble

Source: Carols #377 and 543, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Christ was born on Christmas night,
Sing the Carol gaily;
King of Love and Lord of Light
Praise Him, Praise Him daily.

Welcome Christmas! Welcome Yule!
Mistletoe and holly!
Be ye merry, gentles all,
Mirth need not be folly.

2. Christ was laid in cattle stall,
Ox and ass most duly
Did as to the Lord of all
Make obeisance truly. Refrain

3. Seven shepherds knelt them there
In that stable lowly,
Hailed as King the Christ-Child fair,
Very God Most Holy. Refrain

4. Seven shepherds fared them forth,
God's gift glorifying,
Told the wonder of its worth
To men, living, dying. Refrain

5. Star-led Kings from Eastern land
Came on camels riding,
Spice and myrrh and gold in hand
For a royal tithing. Refrain

6. Gaspar, Belsar, Melchior,
Found in Bethlem City
Him they knew by mystic lore
King of Love and Pity. Refrain

7. Pity, mercy, peace, and love,
These be Christmas sweetings;
Be they ours from God above,
Take our Christmas greetings! Refrain

Sheet Music by Sir Thomas Wardle, Carol #377
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Sheet Music by T. Tertius Noble, Carol #543
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Compare: Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, Neale's free translation of the Latin Resonet In Laudibus.

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