The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Night Has Closed The Gates

Words: J. B. Powell

Music from Marot's French Psalter, 1647
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 686, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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1. Night has closed the gates,
Fades away the twilight,
While all nature waits,
Watching for the morn,
When the Christ was born,
Christ the Star of daylight.

2. Olden prophets spake
Many a word of warning;
"From your slumbers wake!
Lo! the heav'ns are riv'n
For a Son is giv'n!"
Given with the dawning.

3. Psalmists sang their song,
Song of loving kindness,
Of the promise long,
Sure, with mercy dight,
Sure, in giving light;
Light unto man's blindness.

4. Christ, that Light has come,
Christ, true mercy bringing,
Earth is heaven's home,
Earth, where angels' cry,
"Praise to God on high,
Through the night is ringing."

5. Jesu, Mary's Son!
Born for every nation,
By the grace Thou'st won,
Shed from heaven's height,
Mercy, truth, and light,
In the end, salvation.

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