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

A Child This Day Is Born
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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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This carol is one of, if not the, oldest Christmas carols in English. It was said to be one of the Christmas carols sung to the military in the fifteenth century. It was published on a broadsheet in around 1760 as a “New Christmas carol” and in a book called “New carols for Christmas” which suggests that it may be newer than the fifteenth century, but that is up for debate as it may mean that it gained notice in those years.

It was also published in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern in 1833.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Lyrics

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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The First Noël or just Noël is a carol who’s origins are mostly unknown. There are so many different stories that it is near impossible to find the truth.

The form we know comes from Cornwall and was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys’ Christmas Carols (1833), both were edited by William B. Sandys and had extra parts written by Davies Gilbert.

The song is The First Nowell, but the name has been written, inconsistently with the original, as The First Noël for quite a while. Noël has become standard but the name is Nowell traditionally, and I don’t believe it has been officially changed.

The First Noël
Lyrics

The first Noël the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep:

Chorus:
Noël, Noël, Noël, Noël,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
Shining in the east, beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night:

Chorus

And by the light of that same star,
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wheresoever it went:

Chorus

This star drew nigh to the north-west;
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest;
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay:

Chorus

Then entered in those Wise Men three,
Fell reverently upon their knee,
And offered there in his presence,
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense:

Chorus

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with his blood mankind hath bought:

Chorus

The First Noël
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