The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Excelsis Gloria

When Christ Was Born of Mary Free

For Christmas Eve, For Christmas

Words: English Traditional, 15th Century

Version 1
There are numerous variations of this carol.
See Notes under When Christ Was Born of Mary Free (Bramley and Stainer, with sheet music)

1. When Christ was born of Mary free,
In Bethlehem in that fair city,
Angels sung e'er with mirth and glee,

Chorus
In excelsis gloria,
In excelsis gloria,
In excelsis gloria,
In excelsis gloria.

2. Herdsmen beheld these angels bright-
To them appeared with great light,
And said, "God's son is born this night." Chorus:

3. This King is come to save His kind,
In the Scripture as we find;
Therefore this song we have in mind: Chorus

4. Then, dear Lord, 01 for Thy great grace,
Grant us the bliss to see Thy face,
Where we may sing to Thy solace: Chorus

Note

1. Or: Then, dearest Lord. Return

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