The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, All Friends, And Keep The Feast

Words: Unknown

Music: H. Fleetwood Sheppard
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 282, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir), 1916

1. Come, all friends, and keep the Feast,
From the highest to the least;
Young and old, and rich and poor,
Open stands the Churchís door;
One and all, with joy and mirth,
Join to keep the Saviourís Birth.

Noel, Noel, good news we tell;
Christ is born,
Noel, Noel, Noel.
Noel, Noel, good news we tell;
Christ is born,
Noel, Noel, Noel.

2. Hark! the merry Christmas chime
Welcomes in the blessed time;
And the organís mighty strain
Rattles every window-pane,
While the roof and rafters ring
With the peopleís caroling. Chorus

3. On the holy altarís shrine
Christmas tapers gleam and shine;
High on arch and chancel screen
Hang the Christmas garlands green;
Christmas banners as they wave
Bear the chorus down the nave: Chorus

4. Earth may smile with sunshine bright,
Wintry snow lie cold and white;
Lowering clouds may pour their rain,
Bleak winds howl across the plain Ė
Cloud or sunshine, calm or storm,
Christmas joy all hearts must warm. Chorus

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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