The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Dark Was The Night

Words: Unknown

Music: B. W. J. Trevaldwyn
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 78, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. O dark was the night and cold blew the wind,
But Joseph and Mary no shelter could find;
In all the fair city of Bethlehem,
In cottage or inn was no room for them.

Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

2. But in a poor stable their couch was made,
And low in a manger the Babe was laid,
O fair was the Child, the mother how fair!
But only the oxen stood waiting there! Chorus

3. But out on the hills was a wondrous light,
And heavenly music entranced the night;
And beasts of the field were roused in their lair
By the sound of voices and harps in the air. Chorus

4. And shepherds a watching their flocks by night
Espied in the heavens a marvellous sight;
Of angels and spirits a mighty throng,
For joy and great gladness singing this song: Chorus

5. O come then, ye faithful, ye men of good will,
Let joy and thanksgiving every heart fill;
Tell out the glad tidings that Jesus has come,
To open the way to the heavenly home. Chorus

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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