The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Sing We A Carol

Words: W. J. Irons

Music: A. H. Brown
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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Carol 663, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. O, sing we a Carol all blithe and free,
And fit for our Christmas Morn,
For the world is as cold as the cold can be,
Though its Lord on this Day was born,
Thought its Lord on this Day was born:
‘Tis a wintry time for the rich and poor,
And who should be driv’n from a Christian’s door?

Chorus
‘Tis a wintry time for the rich and poor,
And who should be driv’n from a Christian’s door?
And who should be driv’n from a Christian’s door?

2. For the angels’ song at the Birth of Christ
With tidings of joy began;
And it rang with a Glory to God in the Highest,
And a brotherhood true to man;
Yet ‘twas winter time for the rich and poor,
When the shepherds came to Saint Mary’s door. Chorus

3. True Sages were they who to Bethlehem led,
Brought frankincense, myrrh, and gold,
Which they offered to Christ on his manger-bed,
With a reverent love untold;
But ‘twas winter time for the rich and poor,
As the Wise Men knelt at Saint Mary’s door. Chorus

4. So make we our offerings now to Christ’s need,
When His poor all around we see:
Inasmuch as to them we have done the deed,
He will say, “Ye have done it to me:”
‘Tis a wintry time for the rich and poor,
Say who shall be driven from a Christian’s door. Chorus

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

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #24

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