The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On Christmas Night True Christians Sing

For Christmas

Words: On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Attributed to Bishop Luke Waddinge (1628- ca. 1691), Bishop of Ferns, Ireland
A Smale Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (Ghent, 1684)

This is one of many variants of this carol;
On Christmas Night - Notes and On Christmas Night - Sheet Music.

Six verses of four lines.

Music: English Traditional

Printer: T. Bloomer, Printer, 53, Edgbaston-street, Birmingham, between 1821 and 1827.

"Christmas Night"

1. On Christmas night true Christians sing
To hear what news the angels bring,
News of great joy, cause of great mirth,
News of our dear Redeemer's birth.

2. The king of kings to us is given,
The lord of earth and king of heaven,
Angels and men with joy may sing,
To see and bless the new born king.

3. Angels with joy sing in the air,
None to their ruin can repair,
And prisoners in their chains rejoice,
To hear the echo of their voice.

4. And now on earth can men be sad,
Our Saviour comes to make us glad,
From sin and help to set us free,
And buy for us our liberty.

5. Let sin depart -- behold his grace,
His precious death has brought us peacce
And now may we our comforts see.
Our enemies shall conquered be.

6. Now from the darkness we have light,
Which makes the angels sing this night
"Glory to God and peace to men,
"Now and for evermore. Amen."

Broadside Douce adds. 137(22)

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Sheet Music to "Christmas Night" from Arthur Henry Brown, ed., IIn Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #23, pp. 49-51.

Three Verses of Eight Lines

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From the Broadside Ballad Online web site of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Douce adds. 137(22). This is the earliest version of this variant that I've found so far. The other carol on this broadside was "As I sat on a sunny bank."

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