The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! I Hear, Sweet And Clear

Words: Anonymous

Music: Myles B. Foster
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #204

Hark, I hear, sweet and clear,
Voices sing of Christ the King!
In the night still and bright,
Hark! The word of praise is heard.

1. Hark! The Christmas bells are ringing
Thro’ the midnight, loud and clear;
Hark! the happy voices singing
Once again is Christmas near!
Happy Christmas,
Thou art ever welcome here!

2. How the bitter winter weather
Beats without the window-pane!
Closer draw the chairs together,
Hand clasp hand in friendly strain:
Happy Christmas!
What care we for wind and rain.

3. Let us not forget in gladness
That the poor are at the gate;
Let us think how want and sadness
Often are their only fate:
Happy Christmas!
For the poor as for the great.

4. Welcome, dear old Christmas, welcome!
Well we’ve loved thee in the past –
And, when graver grown and older,
Still we’ll love and hold thee fast:
Happy Christmas!
We will love thee to the last.

Sheet Music from Hutchins

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