CHRISTMAS SONGS

 

(COUNTRY MUSIC LYRICS, VOLUME 4)

 

2 FEBRUARY 2003

(UPDATED 24 JULY 2013)

 

ALL IN KEY OF A, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

 

© 2004-2011 Joseph George Caldwell.  All rights reserved.  Posted at Internet web site http://www.foundationwebsite.org .  May be copied or reposted for non-commercial use, with attribution.

 


FOREWORD

 

This is a fourth volume of lyrics to popular songs, to assist learning to play the guitar by ear, as described in the article, How to Play the Guitar by Ear (for Mathematicians and Physicists), posted at Internet web sites http://www.foundation.bw and http://www.foundationwebsite.org .  As discussed in the foreword to Volume 1, the purpose of assembling these lyrics is to provide the student with a large number of songs from which he may choose ones for which he knows the melody and enjoys singing.  Since everyone’s taste is different, and the student may not be familiar with the songs that I know (many from decades ago), it is the intention to provide a large number of popular songs from which the student may choose.  I believe that learning the guitar is facilitated by practicing a number of different songs in a practice session, and playing each one only a couple of times, perhaps in a couple of different keys.  In order to do this, it is important to have a large collection of lyrics available.  This volume consists of traditional Christmas songs.

 

As in Volume I, I have deliberately omitted noting the chords to be played on each song, if it is my opinion that the beginning student should be able to figure them out easily – e.g., chords are omitted for most two-chord or three-chord songs.  The purpose of this omission is to provide the student with the opportunity of learning to determine which chord to use at each point of the song, quickly and automatically.  For more difficult songs, I indicate some of the chords, and for some songs, I provide chords for the entire song.  Where I indicate only a few chords, it is important to remember, as noted on the cover, that it is assumed that all songs are sung in the key of A, unless otherwise indicated.  (There are a few songs for which the chords are relatively easy, but I have indicated them nevertheless.  These are songs that I was to sing in public for some occasion, and I did not wish to make a mistake.)

 

In some cases, I have found songs already chorded, but in a fashion that is not convenient for the guitar (e.g., in the key of Bflat, or with many exotic chords).  In most cases, I have removed the chords or re-chorded them.  In some cases, however, I have left the songs in “strange” keys or chordings, to be modified as an exercise by the student.

 

Many of the songs of this volume are copyrighted by others.  In their original or available forms, however, they are not helpful for the beginning student of guitar (e.g., they are arranged for piano, or are written in a key that is not natural for the guitar, or are fully annotated with chords, or are in small print).  To facilitate reading by the student as he plays the guitar, they are presented here in a large, easy-to-read font and with a strong attempt to keep the song to a single page in length.  To facilitate his progress in learning to play by ear, the chords have been removed in all simple cases.  It is for these reasons that I have, in cognizance of and in the spirit of the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law, reformatted these songs and presented them in the present volume.

 

Good luck!

 

Joseph George Caldwell

Lusaka, Zambia

February 2, 2003

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

AWAY IN A MANGER.. 1

BLUE CHRISTMAS.. 2

CHRISTMAS.. 3

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN.. 4

GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE.. 6

GOOD KING WENCESLAS.. 7

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING.. 9

I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS.. 11

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR.. 12

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS.. 13

JINGLE BELLS.. 14

JOY TO THE WORLD! 16

O CHRISTMAS TREE.. 17

O CHRISTMAS TREE.. 19

O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL. 20

O HOLY NIGHT. 22

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM.. 23

ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY.. 24

SILENT NIGHT. 25

SILVER BELLS.. 27

THE FIRST NOEL. 28

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.. 29

WE THREE KINGS.. 32

WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS.. 33

 


AWAY IN A MANGER

TRADITIONAL

AUTHOR UNKNOWN, G

 

(G) AWAY IN A MANGER,

NO (C) CRIB FOR HIS (G) BED

THE (D) LITTLE LORD JESUS

LAY (G) DOWN HIS SWEET HEAD

THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY

LOOKED (C) DOWN WHERE HE (G) LAY

THE (C) LITTLE LORD (G) JESUS

A(D)SLEEP ON THE (G) HAY

 

THE CATTLE ARE LOWING

THE BABY WAKES

BUT LITTLE LORD JESUS

NO CRYING HE MAKES

I LOVE THEE, LORD JESUS

LOOK DOWN FROM THE SKY

AND STAY BY MY SIDE

'TIL MORNING IS NIGH

 

BE NEAR ME, LORD JESUS,

I ASK THEE TO STAY

CLOSE BY ME FOREVER

AND LOVE ME I PRAY

BLESS ALL THE DEAR CHILDREN

IN THY TENDER CARE

AND TAKE US TO HEAVEN

TO LIVE WITH THEE THERE


BLUE CHRISTMAS

JIM REEVES

 

(A) I'LL HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH(E)OUT YOU

I'LL BE SO BLUE THINKING A(A)BOUT YOU

DECORATIONS OF RED ON A (D) GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE

(E) WON'T MEAN A THING, DEAR, IF YOU'RE NOT HERE WITH ME

 

AND WHEN THOSE (A) BLUE SNOWFLAKES START (E) FALLING

THAT'S WHEN THOSE BLUE HEARTACHES START (A) CALLING

YOU'LL BE DOING ALL RIGHT WITH YOUR (D) CHRISTMAS OF WHITE

BUT (E) I'LL HAVE A BLUE, BLUE (A) CHRISTMAS

 

(REPEAT LAST VERSE)


CHRISTMAS

JIM REEVES, C

 

(C) C IS FOR THE CHRIST CHILD, (F) BORN UPON THIS DAY

(G) H IS FOR HERALD ANGELS IN THE (C) NIGHT

(C) R IS OUR REDEEMER

(F) I MEANS ISRAEL

(G) S IS FOR THE STAR THAT SHONE SO (C) BRIGHT

(G) T IS FOR THREE WISE MEN, (C) THEY WHO TRAVELLED FAR

(D7) M IS FOR THE MANGER WHERE HE (G) LAY

(C) A'S FOR ALL HE STANDS FOR

(F) S MEANS SHEPHERDS CAME

AND (G) THAT'S WHY THERE'S A CHRISTMAS (C) DAY

 

(REPEAT FROM T)


GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN

TRADITIONAL

WRITTEN BY: UNKNOWN

 

GOD (Am) REST YE (E) MERRY (Am)ENTLE(E)MEN

LET (F) NOTHING YOU DIS(E)MAY

RE(Am)MEMBER, (E) CHRIST, OUR (Am)SA(E)VIOUR

WAS (F) BORN ON CHRISTMAS (E) DAY

TO (Dm) SAVE US ALL FROM (C) SATAN'S POWER

WHEN (Am) WE WERE GONE A(G)STRAY

O (C) TIDINGS OF (E) COMFORT AND (Am) JOY,

COMFORT AND (G) JOY

O (C) TIDINGS OF (E) COMFORT AND (Am) 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


GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE

TRADITIONAL GERMAN

AUTHOR UNKNOWN, G

 

(G) GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE

WITH HEART AND SOUL AND VOICE!

(D) GIVE YE HEED TO (G) WHAT WE SAY

(D) NEWS! NEWS!

(C) JESUS CHRIST IS (D) BORN TO(G)DAY!

(D) OX AND ASS BE(G)FORE HIM BOW

AND (D) HE IS IN THE (G) MANGER NOW

CHRIST IS BORN TO(G)DAY!

(D) CHRIST IS BORN TO(G)DAY!

 

GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE

WITH HEART AND SOUL AND VOICE

NOW YE HEAR OF ENDLESS BLISS

JOY! JOY!

JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN FOR THIS

HE HATH OPE'D THE HEAV'NLY DOOR

AND MAN IS BLESSED EVERMORE

CHRIST WAS BORN FOR THIS

CHRIST WAS BORN FOR THIS

 

GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE

WITH HEART AND SOUL AND VOICE

NOW YE NEED NOT FEAR THE GRAVE:

PEACE! PEACE!

JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN TO SAVE

CALLS YOU ONE AND CALLS YOU ALL

TO GAIN HIS EVERLASTING HALL

CHRIST WAS BORN TO SAVE

CHRIST WAS BORN TO SAVE


GOOD KING WENCESLAS

TRADITIONAL

WRITTEN BY: UNKNOWN

 

(G) GOOD KING WEN(D)CES(G)LAS LOOKED OUT

(C) ON THE (D) FEAST OF (G) STEPHEN

WHEN THE SNOW (D) LAY (G) ROUND ABOUT

(C) DEEP AND (D) CRISP AND (G) EVEN

BRIGHTLY SHONE THE (D) MOON THAT (G) NIGHT

(C) THOUGH THE (D) FROST WAS (G) CRUEL

(D) WHEN A POOR MAN (Em) CAME IN (D) SIGHT

(C) GATH'RING (D) WINTER (G) 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


HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

WORDS BY CHARLES WESLEY, MUSIC BY FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, ARR. BY WILLIAM H CUMMINGS

 

(G) HARK! THE (C) HERALD (G) ANGELS (D) SING

(G) “GLORY (C) TO THE (G) NEW(D)BORN (G) KING

(G) PEACE ON (C) EARTH AND (G) MERCY (A) MILD

(D) GOD AND (A) SINNERS (D)RE(A)CON(D)CILED”

(G) JOYFUL, (D) ALL YE (C) NATIONS, (D) RISE

(G) JOIN THE (D) TRIUMPH (C) OF THE (D) SKIES

(C) WITH ANGELIC (Am) HOST PROCLAIM

(D) “CHRIST IS (G) BORN IN (C)BETH(D)LE(G)HEM”

 

CHRIST, BY HIGHEST HEAVEN ADORED

CHRIST, THE EVERLASTING LORD

LATE IN TIME BEHOLD HIM COME

OFFSPRING OF A VIRGIN’S WOMB

VEILED IN FLESH THE GODHEAD SEE

HAIL THE INCARNATE DEITY!

PLEASED WITH MAN WITH MEN TO DWELL

JESUS OUR IMMANUEL

 

HAIL THE HEAVEN-BORN PRINCE OF PEACE!

HAIL THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

LIGHT AND LIFE TO ALL HE BRINGS

RISEN WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS

MILD HE LAYS HIS GLORY BY

BORN THAT MAN NO MORE MAY DIE

BORN TO RAISE THE SONS OF EARTH

BORN TO GIVE THEM SECOND BIRTH

 

COME, DESIRE OF NATIONS COME!

FIX IN US THY HUMBLE HOME

RISE, THE WOMAN’S CONQUERING SEED

BRUISE IN US THE SERPENT’S HEAD

ADAM’S LIKENESS NOW EFFACE

STAMP THINE IMAGE IN ITS PLACE

SECOND ADAM FROM ABOVE

REINSTATE US IN THY LOVE
I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

WORDS BY HENRY W LONGFELLOW, MUSIC BY J BAPTISTE CALKIN

 

(C) I HEARD THE BELLS ON (G7) CHRISTMAS DAY

THEIR (C) OLD FA(F)MILIAR (G7) CAROLS PLAY

AND (C) WILD AND SWEET THE (E7) WORDS  RE(Am)PEAT

OF (C) PEACE ON (F) EARTH, GOOD(G7)WILL TO (C) MEN

 

I THOUGHT HOW AS THE DAY HAD COME

THE BELFRIES OF ALL CHRISTENDOM

HAD ROILED ALONG TH’UNBROKEN SON

OF PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO MEN

 

AND IN DESPAIR I BOWED MY HEAD

“THERE IS NO PEACE ON EARTH,” I SAID

“FOR HATE IS STRONG, AND MOCKS THE SONG

OF PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO MEN”

 

THEN PEALED THE BELLS MORE LOUD AND DEEP

“GOD IS NOT DEAD, NOR DOTH HE SLEEP

THE WRONG SHALL FAIL, THE RIGHT PREVAIL

WITH PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO MEN”

 

TILL, RINGING, SINGING ON ITS WAY

THE WORLD REVOLVED FROM NIGHT TO DAY

A VOICE, A CHIME, A CHANT SUBLIME

OF PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO MEN!


I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

JIM REEVES

IRVING BERLIN,G

 

(G) I'M DREAMING OF A (C) WHITE (D) CHRISTMAS

(C) JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO (G) KNOW

WHERE THE TREE-TOPS GLISTEN AND (C) CHILDREN LISTEN

TO (G) HEAR SLEIGH-BELLS IN THE (D) SNOW

 

(G) I'M DREAMING OF A (C) WHITE (D) CHRISTMAS

(C) WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS CARD I (G) WRITE

MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND (C) BRIGHT

AND MAY (G) ALL YOUR (D) CHRISTMASES BE (G) WHITE

 

(REPEAT)


IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR

WORDS BY EDMUND H SEARS, MUSIC BY RICHARD S WILLIS

 

(C) IT CAME UP(F)ON THE (C) MIDNIGHT CLEAR

THAT (F) GLORIOUS (D7) SONG OF (G7) OLD

AND (C) STILL THEIR (F) HEAVENLY (C) MUSIC FLOATS

O’ER (F) ALL THE (G7) WEARY (C) WORLD

“PEACE (E7) ON THE EARTH, GOOD(Am)WILL TO MEN

FROM (G) HEAVEN’S ALL-(D7)GRACIOUS (G) KING”

THE (C) WORLD IN (F) SOLEMN (C) STILLNESS LAY

TO (F) HEAR THE (G7) ANGELS (C) SING

 

STILL THROUGH THE CLOVEN SKIES THEY COME

WITH PEACEFUL WINGS UNFURLED

AND STILL THEIR HEAVENLY MUSIC FLOATS

O’ER ALL THE WEARY WORLD

ABOVE THE SAD AND LOWLY PLAINS

THEY BEND ON HOVERING WING

AND EVER O’ER ITS BABEL SOUNDS

THE BLESSED ANGELS SING

 

AND YE, BENEATH LIFE’S CRUSHING LOAD

WHOSE FORMS ARE BENDING LOW

WHO TOIL ALONG THE CLIMBING WAY

WITH PAINFUL STEPS AND SLOW

LOOK NOW! FOR GLAD AND GOLDEN HOURS

COME SWIFTLY ON THE WING

O REST BESIDE THE WEARY ROAD

AND HEAR THE ANGELS SING

 

FOR LO, THE DAYS ARE HASTENING ON

BY PROPHET BARDS FORETOLD

WHEN WITH EVERCIRCLING YEARS

COMES ROUNG THE AGE OF GOLD

WHEN PEACE SHALL OVER ALL THE EARTH

ITS ANCIENT SPENDORS FLING

AND THE WHOLE WORLD GIVE BACK THE SONG

WHICH NOW THE ANGELS SING


IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS

MEREDITH WILSON

 

(A) IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A (D) LOT LIKE (A) CHRISTMAS

EVERYWHERE YOU (D) GO

TAKE A (B7) LOOK IN THE FIVE AND (E) TEN GLISTENING ONCE A(A)GAIN

WITH (E) CANDY CANES AND (B7) SILVER LANES A(E)GLOW

 

IT'S BE(A)GINNING TO LOOK A (D) LOT LIKE (A) CHRISTMAS

TOYS IN EVERY (D) STORE

BUT THE PRETTIEST SIGHT TO SEE IS THE (A) HOLLY THAT WILL BE

ON YOUR (B7) OWN (E7) FRONT (A) DOOR

 

A PAIR OF (D) HOPALONG BOOTS AND A (A) PISTOL THAT SHOOTS

IS THE (D) WISH OF BARNEY AND (A) BEN

(B7) DOLLS THAT WILL TALK AND WILL GO FOR A WALK

IS THE HOPE OF JANICE AND (E) JEN

AND (B7) MOM AND DAD CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR SCHOOL TO (B7) START A(E7)GAIN

 

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

EVERYWHERE YOU GO

THERE'S A TREE IN THE GRAND HOTEL, ONE IN THE PARK AS WELL

THE STURDY KIND THAT DOESN'T MIND THE SNOW

 

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

SOON THE BELLS WILL START

AND THE THING THAT WILL MAKE THEM RING IS THE CAROL THAT YOU SING

RIGHT WITHIN YOUR HEART


JINGLE BELLS

TRADITIONAL

WRITTEN BY: JAMES PIERPONT

 

(A) DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN (D) SLEIGH

O'ER THE FIELDS WE (E) GO

LAUGHING ALL THE (A) WAY

BELLS ON BOBTAIL RING

MAKING SPIRITS (D) BRIGHT

WHAT FUN IT IS TO (E) RIDE AND SING

A SLEIGHING SONG TO(A)NIGHT! OH!

 

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

(D) OH, WHAT FUN IT (A) IS TO RIDE

IN A (E) ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH! HEY!

(A) JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

(D) OH, WHAT FUN IT (A) IS TO RIDE

IN A (E) ONE-HORSE OPEN (A) SLEIGH!

 

A DAY OR TWO AGO

I THOUGHT I'D TAKE A RIDE;

AND SOON MISS FANNIE BRIGHT

WAS SEATED BY MY SIDE.

THE HORSE WAS LEAN AND LANK;

MISFORTUNE SEEMED HIS LOT;

HE GOT INTO A DRIFTED BANK,

AND WE, WE GOT UPSOT. OH!

 

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH! HEY!

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH!

 

NOW THE GROUND IS WHITE,

GO IT WHILE YOU'RE YOUNG;

TAKE THE GIRLS TONIGHT,

AND SING THIS SLEIGHING SONG.

JUST GET A BOB-TAILED BAY,

TWO-FORTY FOR HIS SPEED;

THEN HITCH HIM TO AN OPEN SLEIGH,

AND CRACK! YOU'LL TAKE THE LEAD. OH!

 

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS,

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH! HEY!

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH!


JOY TO THE WORLD!

WORDS FROM PSALM 98 BY ISAAC WATTS, MUSIC ARRANGED FROM GEORGE F HANDEL

 

(D) JOY TO THE (A7) WORLD! THE (D) LORD (A) IS (D) COME

LET (G) EARTH RE(A)CEIVE HER (D) KING

LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM

AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING

AND (A) HEAVEN AND NATURE SING

AND (D) HEAVEN, AND (A) HEAVEN AND (D) NA(A)TURE (D) SING

 

JOY TO THE WORLD! THE SAVIOR REIGNS

LET MEN THEIR SONGS EMPLOY

WHILE FIELDS AND FLOODS, ROCKS, HILLS AND PLAINS

REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY

REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY

REPEAT, REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY

 

NO MORE LET SINS AND SORROWS GROW

NOR THORNS INFEST THE GROUND

HE COMES TO MAKE HIS BLESSINGS FLOW

FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND

FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND

FAR AS, FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND

 

HE RULES THE WORLD WITH TRUTH AND GRACE

AND MAKES THE NATIONS PROVE

THE GLORIES OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

AND WONDERS OF HIS LOVE

AND WONDERS OF HIS LOVE

AND WONDERS, AND WONDERS OF HIS LOVE


O CHRISTMAS TREE

(O TANNENBAUM) (VERSION 1)

TRADITIONAL GERMAN CAROL, C

 

(C) O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THOU (G) TREE MOST FAIR AND (C) LOVELY!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THOU (G) TREE MOST FAIR AND (C) LOVELY!

THE SIGHT OF THEE AT (G) CHRISTMASTIDE

SPREADS HOPE AND GLADNESS (C) FAR AND WIDE

OH CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE

THOU (G) TREE MOST FAIR AND (C) LOVELY!

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THOU HAST A WONDROUS MESSAGE:

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THOU HAST A WONDROUS MESSAGE:

THOU DOST PROCLAIM THE SAVIOUR'S BIRTH

GOOD WILL TO MEN AND PEACE ON EARTH

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THOU HAST A WONDROUS MESSAGE

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

YOU STAND IN VERDANT BEAUTY

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

YOU STAND IN VERDANT BEAUTY

YOUR BOUGHS ARE GREEN IN SUMMER'S GLOW

AND DO NOT FADE IN WINTER'S SNOW

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

YOU STAND IN VERDANT BEAUTY

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

HOW LADEN ARE YOUR BRANCHES

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

YOUR PRESENCE HERE ENHANCES

YOUR SILVER STAR DOES GLISTEN BRIGHT

REFLECTING ALL THE CANDLELIGHT

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE!

HOW LADEN ARE YOUR BRANCHES

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU FILL ALL HEARTS WITH GAIETY

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU FILL ALL HEARTS WITH GAIETY

ON CHRISTMAS DAY YOU STAND SO TALL

AFFORDING JOY TO ONE AND ALL

O CHRISTMAS TREE, O CHRISTMAS TREE

YOU FILL ALL HEARTS WITH GAIETY

 

 

GERMAN:

O TANNENBAUM, O TANNENBAUM

WIE TREU SIND DEINE BLÄTTER

O TANNENBAUM, O TANNENBAUM

WIE TREU SIND DEINE BLÄTTER

DU GRÜNST NICHT NUR ZUR SOMMERZEIT

NEIN AUCH IM WINTER WENN ES SCHNEIT

O TANNENBAUM, O TANNENBAUM

WIE TREU SIND DEINE BLÄTTER


O CHRISTMAS TREE

(O TANNENBAUM) (VERSION 2)

TRADITIONAL GERMAN CAROL

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY LEAVES ARE SO UNCHANGING;

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY LEAVES ARE SO UNCHANGING;

NOT ONLY GREEN WHEN SUMMER'S HERE,

BUT ALSO WHEN 'TIS COLD AND DREAR.

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY LEAVES ARE SO UNCHANGING!

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

MUCH PLEASURE THOU CAN'ST GIVE ME;

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

MUCH PLEASURE THOU CAN'ST GIVE ME;

HOW OFTEN HAS THE CHRISTMAS TREE

AFFORDED ME THE GREATEST GLEE!

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

MUCH PLEASURE THOU CAN'ST GIVE ME.

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY CANDLES SHINE SO BRIGHTLY!

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY CANDLES SHINE SO BRIGHTLY!

FROM BASE TO SUMMIT, GAY AND BRIGHT,

THERE'S ONLY SPLENDOR FOR THE SIGHT.

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

THY CANDLES SHINE SO BRIGHTLY!

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

HOW RICHLY GOD HAS DECKED THEE!

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

HOW RICHLY GOD HAS DECKED THEE!

THOU BIDST US TRUE AND FAITHFUL BE,

AND TRUST IN GOD UNCHANGINGLY.

O CHRISTMAS TREE! O CHRISTMAS TREE!

HOW RICHLY GOD HAS DECKED THEE!


O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL

(ADESTE FIDELES)

LYRICS: LATIN HYMN, TRADITIONAL; MUSIC: JOHN F WADE’S CANTUS DIVERSI

AUTHOR UNKNOWN, A

 

(A) O COME, ALL YE (E) FAITHFUL,

(A) JOYFUL AND TRI(E)UMPHANT,

O (D) COME YE, O (E) COME YE TO (B7) BETHLE(E)HEM.

(A) COME AND BE(E)HOLD HIM,

BORN THE KING OF ANGELS;

 

(REFRAIN) O (A) COME, LET US ADORE HIM,

O COME, LET US ADORE HIM,

O (D) COME, LET US A(E)DORE HIM,

(A/E)CHRIST THE (A) LORD.

 

O SING, CHOIRS OF ANGELS,

SING IN EXULTATION,

SING ALL YE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN ABOVE

GLORY TO GOD, ALL GLORY IN THE HIGHEST (CHORUS)

 

YEA! LORD, WE GREET THEE,

BORN THIS HAPPY MORNING,

JESUS! TO THE BE ALL GLORY GIVEN

WORD OF THE FATHER, NOW IN FLESH APPEARING (CHORUS)

 

 

LATIN (ADESTES FIDELES):

ADESTE FIDELES

LAETI TRIUMPHANTES

VENITE, VENITE IN BETHLEHEM

NATUM VIDETE, REGEM ANGELORUM

 

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

DOMINUM

 

CANTET NUNCIO

CHORUS ANGELORUM

CANTET NUNC AULA CAELESTIUM

GLORIA, GLORIA

IN EXCELSIS DEO

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

DOMINUM

 

ERGO QUI NATUS

DIE HODIERNA

JESU, TIBI SIT GLORIA

PATRIS AETERNI

VERBUM CARO FACTUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

VENITE ADOREMUS

DOMINUM


O HOLY NIGHT

(CANTIQUE DE NOEL)

TRADITIONAL

WRITTEN BY: ADOLPHE ADAM, G

 

(G) O HOLY NIGHT, THE (C) STARS ARE BRIGHTLY (G) SHINING.

IT IS THE NIGHT OF OUR (D) DEAR SAVIOUR'S (G) BIRTH;

LONG LAY THE WORLD IN (C) SIN AND ERROR (G) PINING,

TILL HE AP(D)PEARED AND THE SOUL FELT HIS (D7) WORTH.

A (D) THRILL OF HOPE, THE (G) WEARY WORLD REJOICES,

FOR (D) YONDER BREAKS A (G) NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN.

(Em) FALL ON YOUR (D7) KNEES! OH, HEAR THE ANGELS’ (G) VOICES!

(C) O NIGHT DI(G)VINE, O (D) NIGHT, WHEN CHRIST WAS (G) BORN!

O (D) NIGHT, O HOLY (G) NIGHT, O (C) NIGHT (D) DI(G)VINE!

 

LED BY THE LIGHT OF FAITH SERENELY BEAMING,

WITH GLOWING HEARTS BY HIS CRADLE WE STAND;

SO LED BY LIGHT OF A STAR SWEETLY GLEAMING,

HERE CAME THE WISE MEN FROM ORIENT LAND.

THE KING OF KINGS LAY THUS IN LOWLY MANGER,

IN ALL OUR TRIALS BORN TO BE OUR FRIEND;

HE KNOWS OUR NEED, OUR WEAKNESS IS NO STRANGER.

BEHOLD YOUR KING! BEFORE HIM LOWLY BEND!

BEHOLD YOUR KING! BEFORE HIM LOWLY BEND!

 

TRULY HE TAUGHT US TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER,

HIS LAW IS LOVE AND HIS GOSPEL IS PEACE;

CHAINS SHALL HE BREAK, FOR THE SLAVE IS OUR BROTHER,

AND IN HIS NAME ALL OPPRESSION SHALL CEASE.

SWEET HYMNS OF JOY IN GRATEFUL CHORUS RAISE WE,

LET ALL WITHIN US PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME;

CHRIST IS THE LORD, OH PRAISE HIS NAME FOREVER!

HIS POW'R AND GLORY EVERMORE PROCLAIM!

HIS POW'R AND GLORY EVERMORE PROCLAIM!


O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

WRITTEN BY: PHILLIPS BROOKS

MUSIC BY: LEWIS H. REDNER, G

 

(G) O LITTLE TOWN OF (C) BETHLEHEM

HOW (G) STILL WE (D) SEE THEE (G) LIE

ABOVE THY DEEP AND (C) DREAMLESS SLEEP

THE (G) SILENT (D) STARS GO (G) BY

YET IN THY DARK STREETS (D7) SHINETH

THE (C) EVERLASTING (G) LIGHT

THE HOPES AND FEARS OF (C) ALL THE YEARS

ARE (G) MET IN (D) THEE TO(G)NIGHT

 

FOR CHRIST IS BORN OF MARY

AND GATHER'D ALL ABOVE

WHILE MORTALS SLEEP, THE ANGELS KEEP

THEIR WATCH OF WOND'RING LOVE

O MORNING STARS TOGETHER

PROCLAIM THE HOLY BIRTH

AND PRAISES SING TO GOD THE KING

AND PEACE TO MEN ON EARTH

 

HOW SILENTLY, HOW SILENTLY

THE WONDROUS GIFT IS GIV'N!

SO GOD IMPARTS TO HUMAN HEARTS

THE BLESSINGS OF HIS HEAV'N.

NO EAR MAY HIS HIS COMING,

BUT IN THIS WORLD OF SIN,

WHERE MEEK SOULS WILL RECEIVE HIM STILL,

THE DEAR CHRIST ENTERS IN.

 

O HOLY CHILD OF BETHLEHEM

DESCEND TO US, WE PRAY

CAST OUT OUR SIN AND ENTER IN

BE BORN TO US TODAY

WE HEAR THE CHRISTMAS ANGELS

THE GREAT GLAD TIDINGS TELL

O COME TO US, ABIDE WITH US

OUR LORD EMMANUEL


ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY

WRITTEN BY: MRS C F ALEXANDER

MUSIC BY: H J GAUNTLETT

 

(A) ONCE IN ROYAL (E) DAVID'S CITY,

(A) STOOD A LOWLY (E) CATTLE (A) SHED,

WHERE A MOTHER (E) LAID HER BABY,

(A) IN A MANGER (E) FOR HIS (A) BED:

(D) MARY (A) WAS THAT (E) MOTHER (A) MILD,

(D) JESUS (A) CHRIST, HER (E) LITTLE (A) CHILD.

 

HE CAME DOWN TO EARTH FROM HEAVEN,

WHO IS GOD AND LORD OF ALL,

AND HIS SHELTER WAS A STABLE,

AND HIS CRADLE WAS A STALL:

WITH THE POOR, AND MEAN, AND LOWLY,

LIVED ON EARTH OUR SAVIOR HOLY.

 

FOR HE IS OUR CHILDHOOD'S PATTERN;

DAY BY DAY, LIKE US, HE GREW;

HE WAS LITTLE, WEAK, AND HELPLESS,

TEARS AND SMILES, LIKE US HE KNEW;

AND HE CARES WHEN WE ARE SAD,

AND HE SHARES WHEN WE ARE GLAD.

 

AND OUR EYES AT LAST SHALL SEE HIM,

THROUGH HIS OWN REDEEMING LOVE;

FOR THAT CHILD SO DEAR AND GENTLE,

IS OUR LORD IN HEAVEN ABOVE:

AND HE LEADS HIS CHILDREN ON,

TO THE PLACE WHERE HE IS GONE.


SILENT NIGHT

(STILLE NACHT)

LYRICS: JOSEPH MOHR; MUSIC: FRANZ GRUBER

 

(A) SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT

(E) ALL IS CALM, (A) ALL IS BRIGHT

(D) ROUND YON VIRGIN, (A) MOTHER AND CHILD

(D) HOLY INFANT SO (A) TENDER AND MILD

(E) SLEEP IN HEAVENLY (A) PEACE

(E) SLEEP IN HEAVENLY (A) PEACE

 

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT

SHEPHERDS QUAKE AT THE SIGHT

GLORY STREAMS FROM HEAVEN AFAR

HEAVENLY HOSTS SING ALLELUIA

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR IS BORN

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR IS BORN

 

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT

SON OF GOD, LOVE'S PURE LIGHT

RADIANT BEAMS FROM THY HOLY FACE

WITH THE DAWN OF REDEEMING GRACE

JESUS, LORD AT THY BIRTH

JESUS, LORD AT THY BIRTH

 

WONDROUS STAR, LEND THY LIGHT

WITH THE ANGELS LET US SING

ALLELUIA TO OUR KING

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR IS BORN

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR IS BORN

 

GERMAN:

STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT!

ALLES SCHLÄFT, EINSAM WACHT

NUR DAS TRAUTE HOCHHEILIGE PAAR,

HOLDER KNABE MIT LOCKIGEM HAAR,

SCHLAF IN HIMMLISCHER RUH,

SCHLAF IN HIMMLISCHER RUH.

 

STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT!

HIRTEN ERST KUND GEMACHT;

DURCH DER ENGEL HALLELUJA

TÖNT ES LAUT VON FERN UND NAH’;

CHRIST DER RETTER IST DA,

CHRIST DER RETTER IST DA!

 

STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT!

GOTTES SOHN, O WIE LACHT

LIEB’ AUS DEINEM HOLDSELIGEN MUND,

DA UNS SCHLÄGT DIE RETTENDE STUND’,

CHRIST, IN DEINER GEBURT,

CHRIST, IN DEINER GEBURT!


SILVER BELLS

JIM REEVES, G

 

(G) CITY SIDEWALKS, BUSY SIDEWALKS, DRESSED IN (C) HOLIDAY STYLE

IN THE (D) AIR THERE'S A FEELING OF (G) CHRISTMAS

CHILDREN LAUGHING, PEOPLE PASSING, MEETING (C) SMILE AFTER SMILE

AND ON (D) EVERY STREET CORNER YOU (G) HEAR

 

(CHORUS) SILVER BELLS, (C) SILVER BELLS

(D) IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE (G) CITY

DING-A-LING, (C) HEAR THEM SING

(D) SOON IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS (G) DAY

 

STREAMS OF STREET LIGHTS, SEE THE STOP LIGHTS, BLINK A BRIGHT RED AND GREEN

AS THE SHOPPERS RUSH HOME WITH THEIR TREASURES

HEAR THE SNOW CRUNCH, SEE THE KID'S BUNCH, THIS IS SANTA'S BIG SCENE

AND ABOVE ALL THIS BUSTLE YOU HEAR (CHORUS)


THE FIRST NOEL

WORDS: OLD ENGLISH CAROL; MUSIC: TRADITIONAL MELODY FROM W SANDY’S “CHRISTMAS CAROLS”

 

(D) THE FIRST NO(A)EL THE (G) ANGEL DID (D) SAY

WAS TO CERTAIN POOR (A) SHEPHERDS IN (G) FIELDS AS THEY (D) LAY

IN FIELDS WHERE (A) THEY LAY (G) KEEPING THEIR (D) SHEEP

ON A COLD WINTER’S (A) NIGHT THAT (G) WAS SO (D) DEEP

 

(REFRAIN) NOEL, NO(A)EL, NO(G)EL, NO(D)EL

BORN IS THE (A) KING OF (G) ISRA(D)EL

 

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 WHEREVER IT WENT (REFRAIN)

 

THIS STAR DREW NIGH TO THE NORTHWEST

O’ER BETHLEHEM IT TOOK THE REST

AND THERE IT DID BOTH STOP AND STAY

RIGHT OVER THE PLACE WHERE JESUS LAY (REFRAIN)

 

THEN ENTERED IN THOSE WISE MEN THREE

FULL REVERENTLY UPON THEIR KNEE

AND OFFERED THERE IN HIS PRESENCE

THEIR GOLD, AND MYRRH, AND FRANKINCENSE (REFRAIN)


THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

TRADITIONAL

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

 

(A) ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY (E) TRUE LOVE GAVE TO (A) ME

A PARTRIDGE (E) IN A PEAR (A) TREE.

 

(A) ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY (E) TRUE LOVE GAVE TO (A) ME

(E) TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A (A) PARTRIDGE (E) IN A PEAR (A) TREE.

 

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING,

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

NINE LADIES DANCING,

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING,

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING,

NINE LADIES DANCING,

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING,

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING,

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING,

NINE LADIES DANCING,

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING,

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

 

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING,

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING,

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING,

NINE LADIES DANCING,

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING,

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING,

SIX GEESE A-LAYING,

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS,

FOUR CALLING BIRDS,

THREE FRENCH HENS,

TWO TURTLE DOVES

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.


WE THREE KINGS

 

(G) WE THREE KINGS OF (D7) ORIENT (G) ARE

BEARING GIFTS WE (D7) TRAVERSE A(G)FAR

FIELD AND (D7) FOUNTAIN, (G) MOOR AND (D7) MOUNTAIN

(D) FOLLOWING YONDER (G) STAR

 

(CHORUS) (D7) O... (G) STAR OF (C) WONDER, STAR OF (G) NIGHT

STAR WITH (C) ROYAL BEAUTY (G) BRIGHT

WESTWARD (D7) LEADING, (D) STILL PRO(D7)CEEDING

(G) GUIDE US (C) TO THY PERFECT (G) LIGHT

 

BORN A KING ON BETHLEHEM'S PLAIN

GOLD I BRING TO CROWN HIM AGAIN

KING FOREVER, CEASING NEVER

OVER US ALL TO REIGN (CHORUS)

 

FRANKINCENSE TO OFFER HAVE I

INCENSE OWNS A DEITY NIGH

PRAYER AND PRAISING, ALL MEN RAISING

WORSHIP HIM, GOD MOST HIGH (CHORUS)

 

MYRRH IS MINE, ITS BITTER PERFUME

BREATHES A LIFE OF GATHERING GLOOM

SORROWING, SIGHING, BLEEDING, DYING

SEALED IN THE STONE-COLD TOMB (CHORUS)

 

GLOURIOUS NOW BEHOLD HIM ARISE

KING AND GOD AND SACRIFICE

ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA

PEALS THROUGH THE EARTH AND SKIES (CHORUS)


WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS

WRITTEN BY: NAHUM TATE AND NICHOLAS BRODY

MUSIC BY: GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL

 

(A) WHILE SHEPHERDS (E) WATCHED

THEIR (A) FLOCKS BY (E) NIGHT

ALL SEATED ON THE (A) GROUND

THE ANGEL (E) OF THE (A) LORD CAME (E) DOWN

AND GLORY SHONE A(A)ROUND

AND (E) GLORY SHONE A(A)ROUND

 

"FEAR NOT," HE SAID,

FOR MIGHTY DREAD

HAD SEIZED THEIR TROUBLED MINDS

"GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY I BRING

TO YOU AND ALL MANKIND,

TO YOU AND ALL MANKIND."

 

"TO YOU IN DAVID'S

TOWN THIS DAY

IS BORN OF DAVID'S LINE

THE SAVIOR WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD

AND THIS SHALL BE THE SIGN

AND THIS SHALL BE THE SIGN."

 

"THE HEAVENLY BABE

YOU THERE SHALL FIND

TO HUMAN VIEW DISPLAYED

AND MEANLY WRAPPED

IN SWATHING BANDS

AND IN A MANGER LAID

AND IN A MANGER LAID."

 

THUS SPAKE THE SERAPH,

AND FORTHWITH

APPEARED A SHINING THRONG

OF ANGELS PRAISING GOD, WHO THUS

ADDRESSED THEIR JOYFUL SONG

ADDRESSED THEIR JOYFUL SONG

 

"ALL GLORY BE TO

GOD ON HIGH

AND TO THE EARTH BE PEACE;

GOODWILL HENCEFORTH

FROM HEAVEN TO MEN

BEGIN AND NEVER CEASE

BEGIN AND NEVER CEASE!"