The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark, The Celestial Hills Around

For the Christmas-tide

Words: English Traditional

Music: Not Stated

Source: A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 30.

Hark! the celestial hills around,
Behold the star of glory crown'd;
    Then down to Bethlehem we'll go,
    Our Saviour he is born,

Let hills and valleys ring,
And echo fills, the sky,
    Then down to Bethlehem we'll go ;
    Glory to God on high


The first line was found on an Adobe PDF file related to the Firth Ballads at the University of Sheffield. Unfortunately, access was restricted to those with an account at that University.

The Firth Ballads are collection that consists of 7 bound volumes containing around 500 ballads from the personal library of Sir Charles Harding Firth (1857-1936). See a description at the University of Sheffield Library: Firth Ballads-Sheffield. A part of the collection can be seen at the Bodleian Library's Ballads collection, Firth Ballads-Bodleian. Several books by and about Sir Firth can be seen at Google Books, Charles Harding Firth-GB, and at the Internet Archive, Charles Harding Firth-IA.

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