The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come With Hearts Afire

For Christmas

Melody and words from Dictionnaire de Noëls.

Words: Nous allons, ma mie, French noel

English Translation by K. W. Simpson.

Music: Traditional

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #49, pp. 20-21.

1. Come, with hearts afire,
     Seek Him where He lies!
'Tis our dear Messiah
     Sent us from the skies!
Kneeling there before Him
     Mary, Joseph see! –
Come now and adore Him!
     Son of God is He!

2. Tidings glad and mirthful
     Fall upon my ear!
To His servants faithful
     Soon He will appear!
We shall see the Master
     Promised now so long,
Hurry Brothers– faster!
     Run with joyous song!

3. Run in joy together
     Not a moment stay!
Can'st thou tell us whither
     He is laid this day?
Where are Joseph– Mary?
     Where His parents blest?
Hurry Brothers, hurry,
     Find them where They rest!

4. Grieve ye not, concerning
     Where the pathways wind!
Hearts with joy a-burning
     Him will surely find!
Happy Dawn, a-breaking
     O'er that lonely Stall,
Find the Master waking,
     Born to save us all!

5. See the open Manger!
     Thronged with rich and poor–
None to Him a stranger,
     Wide the open door!
Fearless they adore Him,
     (Born a King this day,)
Lay there Gifts before him:
     Come O come away!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #49, pp. 20-21.

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