On Christmas Times All Christians Sing
A Variant of "On Christmas Night All Christians Sing"
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)
Three verses of four lines.
These words collected and music noted from George Blake of Southampton, Hampshire, on June 6, 1906 by G. B. Gardiner and John F. Guyer
On Christmas times all Christians sing,
To hear what news those angels bring
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King's birth.
And why on earth shall men be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad?
From sin and death to set us free,
All for to buy our liberty.
From out of darkness we have light,
Which makes all angels sing this night;
"Glory to God and peace to men,
Both now and evermore. Amen."
Notes by Gardiner and Guyer Preserved in the George Gardiner Manuscript Collection (GG/1/6/311) at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
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