The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Day has come

For Christmas

Also known as The Irish Carol

Compare: Christmas Day is Come, one of the Kilmore Carols
This is a slightly different version.

Author: Unknown
Attribution to Luke Wadding is incorrect.

Tune: The Brown Little Mallet
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

From The Kilmore Carols
See:
Christmas Carols of Waddinge and Devereux

1. Christmas Day has come; let’s prepare for mirth,
Which fills the heavens and earth at the amazing birth.
Through both the joyous angels in strife and hurry fly,
With glory and hosannas ‘All Holy’ do they cry,
In heaven the Church triumphant adores with all her choirs,
The militant on earth with humble faith admires.
In heaven the Church triumphant adores with all her choirs,
The militant on earth with humble faith admires.

2. But why should we rejoice? Should we not rather mourn
To see the Hope of Nations thus in a stable born?
Where are His crown and scepter, where is His throne sublime,
Where is his train majestic that should the stars outshine?
Is there no sumptuous palace, nor any inn at all
To lodge his heavenly mother but in a filthy stall?
Is there no sumptuous palace, nor any inn at all
To lodge his heavenly mother but in a filthy stall?

3. Oh! Cease, ye blessed angels, such clamorous joys to make!
Though midnight silence favors, the shepherds are awake;
And you, O glorious star! That with new splendor brings,
From the remotest parts three learned eastern kings,
Turn somewhere else your luster, your rays elsewhere display,
For Herod he may slay the babe, and Christ must straight away.
Turn somewhere else your luster, your rays elsewhere display,
For Herod he may slay the babe, and Christ must straight away.

4. If we would then rejoice, let’s cancel the old score,
And purposing amendment, resolve to sin no more –
For mirth can ne’er content us, without a conscience clear;
And thus we’ll find true pleasure in all the usual cheer,
In dancing, sporting, reveling, with masquerade and drum,
So let our Christmas merry be, as Christmas doth become.
In dancing, sporting, reveling, with masquerade and drum,
So let our Christmas merry be, as Christmas doth become.

Note: Some versions do not repeat the last two lines of each stanza.

Sheet Music "The Brown Little Mallet" from Joseph Ranson, “The Kilmore Carols” from The Past, no. 5 (1949), p. 72.

Note by Joseph Ranson:

This Carol, with the music of the tune, “The Brown Little Mallet,” has been published in “Christmas Carols,” Book II, page 30, by Ralph Dunstan. It was contributed to Mr. Dunstan's collection by Dr. Grattan Flood.

These Carols were formerly sung in Lady's Island, Tacumshane, Tomhaggard and Ballymore. At Lady's Island, the last stanza of the carol given above used to be omitted, lest the references in the last lines should be wrongly interpreted.

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