The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Good Christian Men, Rejoice Agen

For Christmas

Words: After Wir Christenleut
Translation by Rev. George R. Woodward

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 30.

1. Good Christian men, rejoice agen:
‘Tis reason right that all of ye remember
How Christ was born, for man forlorn,
One cold and frosty season of December.

2. O wonder-love, that God above
Took flesh of man, from sin for to release us:
Lot Mary mild God’s Son doth child,
And call the same that sweetest name of Jesus.

3. Then hither throng with festal song;
Come, old or young, come saint, or sin-beladen:
Before him fall, in oxen-stall,
That blissful Babe of Mary, mother-maiden.


Also found in G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #21, p. 30. The version there is same as this version, except with the addition of the word of “Alleluya” at the beginning of each verse.

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