The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sleep No More, The Glad Heavens Are Blazing

For Christmas

Words: A translation by K. W. Simpson of Alle gioie pastori, from the Coferati edition of “Laude Spirituali,” 1674

Music: Italian melody (Virginelle, Fide ancelle), from the Coferati edition of “Laude Spirituali,” 1674

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #132, pp. 8-9.

1. Sleep no more; the glad heavens are blazing!
Near and far are sounds amazing!
“Tis Thy Saviour!” Angels are telling –
Dancing Stars the measure swelling!

Chorus:
Shepherds! Greet this joyful dawning!
Come and find Him! the Son of the morning!

2. Look on high! The vast heavens are lighting!
Laugh and play! – in grief's despiting –
Merry-hearted voices proclaiming:
”He hath come, a love a-flaming!”

Chorus:
Shepherds! Greet this joyful dawning!
Come and find Him! the Sun* of the Morning!

Lord of Lords!” the whole earth is sounding!
(Hear the words, in joy astounding!)
“Jocund Birthday!” Angels are crying:
Shepherds sing! In praises vieing!

Chorus:
Shepherds! Greet this joyful dawning!
Come and find Him! the Sun of the Morning!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #132, pp. 8-9.

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Editor's Footnote:

* Yes, it is “Son of the morning” in the first chorus, but “Sun of the Morning” in the second and third choruses. Return.

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