The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail! Ever Hail! Auspicious Morn

For Christmas

Words: Traditional

Original Music: Unknown

Source: William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833)
Compare: Hail, Ever Hail, Thou Glorious Morn (Chope)

1. Hail! ever hail! auspicious morn,
    The brightest since our fall:
Mortals, exult! the Saviour's born,
    O crown him Lord of all!

2. Down from celestial climes of day
    He hastes to tread our ball,
Glory illumines all the way,
    O crown him Lord of all!

3. Hark! loud hosannahs from the song
    The melting airs inthrall,
A Saviour angels waft along,
    And shout him Lord of all.

4. Wrapt in their folded vests of light
    They seek the sordid stall,
Gaze with emotions of delight,
    And own him Lord of all.

5. Shepherds, to you a herald flies,
    Obey the early call,
Immanuel in a manger lies,
    Go crown him Lord of all.

6. He comes, he comes, our world to bless,
    To ransom every soul
From shades of endless wretchedness:
    O crown him Lord of all!

7. The sceptre, robe, and throne prepare,
    Attend, ye great and small,
With acclamations rend the air,
    And crown him Lord of all.

Sheet Music from Sandys

Editor's Note

Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), with verses 1, 2, 3, and 5, and with the following two changes to the first verse:

1. Hail! ever hail! the auspicious morn,
    The brightest since our fall:
Mortals, exult! a Saviour's born,
    O crown him Lord of all!

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