A Child This Day Is Born
Lyrics

A Child this day is born,
A Child of high renown;
Most worthy of a scepter,
A scepter and a crown.

Chorus:

Glad tidings to all men,
Glad tidings sing we may,
Because the King of Kings,
Was born on Christmas Day

These tidings shepherds heard
While watching o’er their fold;
Twas by an Angel unto them
That night revealed and told.

Chorus

To whom the Angel spoke,
Saying, “Be not afraid;”
Be glad, poor silly shepherds –
Why are you so dismayed?

Chorus

“For lo! I bring you tidings
Of gladness and of mirth,
Which cometh to all people by
This holy Infant’s birth”

Chorus

Then was there with the Angel
An host incontinent
Of heavenly bright soldiers,
All from the highest sent.

Chorus

They praised the Lord our God,
And our celestial King:
All glory be in Paradise,
This heavenly host do sing.

Chorus

And as the Angel told them,
So to them did appear;
They found the young Child, Jesus Christ
With Mary, his mother dear:

Chorus

All glory be to God,
That sitteth still on high
with praises and with triumph great,
And joyful melody.

Chorus

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The story told in this song is the legend of St. Wenceslas I when he went out with a page on December 26 (the Feast of Stephen). The purpose of their journey was to help a poor man who was out in the cold gathering sticks for a fire. They took food and fuel to the man. However, during the struggle with the elements the page was overcome with cold. King Weceslas, the Duke of Bohemia, told the boy to follow in his footsteps which would make the journey less difficult.

Wenceslas was a kind man but was assassinated (supposedly by his own brother). His kindness and his assassination quickly gave rise to a cult-like following in the years shortly after his death.

Though Wenceslas lived between 907 and 935 this song was not written until 1853 by John Mason Neale. The tune is Tempus Adest Floridum [The time is near for flowering].

Good King Wenceslas
Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

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There are various versions of this popular Christmas carol. Here is the one we know and enjoy.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Lyrics 

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Now! bring us some figgy pudding
Now! bring us some figgy pudding
Now! bring us some figgy pudding
and a cup of good cheer.

And we won’t go until we get some
And we won’t go until we get some
And we won’t go until we get some
so bring some out here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

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I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
Lyrics

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

NOTES: Published along with many others in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern.

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