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Treasury of Traditional Christmas Hymns:

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JOY TO THE WORLD.

1) Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

let earth receive her King;

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

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2) Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;

let us our songs employ,

while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

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3) 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.

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4) 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, wonders of his love.

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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING.

1) Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled."

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th' angelic host proclaim,

"Christ is born in Bethlehem."

Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the newborn King!

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2) Christ, by highest heav'n adored:

Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,

Offspring of the favored one.

Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see;

Hail, th'incarnate Deity:

Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the newborn King!

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3) Hail! the heav'n-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.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the newborn King!

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AWAY IN A MANGER.

1) Away in a manger,

no crib for His bed,

The little Lord Jesus

lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky

looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus,

asleep on the hay.

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2) The cattle are lowing,

the poor Baby wakes,

But little Lord Jesus,

no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus,

look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle

till morning is nigh.

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3) 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.

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SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT!

1) Silent night, holy night,

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and Child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

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2) Silent night, holy night,

Shepherds quake at the sight;

Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born!

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3) 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.

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4) Silent night, holy night

Wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing,

Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born!

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THE FIRST NOWELL.

1) The first Nowell, 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]

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Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,

born is the King of Israel.

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2) They looked above 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]

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3) And by the light of that same star

three sages came from country far;

To seek for a king was their intent,

and to follow the star wherever it went. [CHORUS]

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4) This star shone bright in the northwest,

o'er Bethlehem it seemed to rest,

And there it did both stop and stay,

right over the place where Jesus lay. [CHORUS]

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5) Then entered in those magi three,

and bending low upon their knees,

They offered there, in great reverence,

their gold and myrrh and frankincense. [CHORUS]

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O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL.

1) O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

[CHORUS]

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O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.

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2) Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;

O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest; [CHORUS]

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3) Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to Thee be glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. [CHORUS]

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IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR.

1) It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, good will to men,

From heaven's all-gracious King."

The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.

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2) Still through the cloven skies they come

With peaceful wings unfurled,

And still their heavenly music floats

O'er all the weary world;

Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wing,

And ever o'er its Babel-sounds

The blessed angels sing.

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3) Yet with the woes of sin and strife

The world has suffered long;

Beneath the heavenly strain have rolled

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not

The tidings which they bring;

O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing!

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4) O 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!

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5) For lo! the days are hastening on,

By prophets seen of old,

When with the ever-circling years

Shall come the time foretold,

When peace shall over all the earth

Its ancient splendors fling,

And the whole world give back the song

Which now the angels sing.

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WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE.

We three kings of Orient are,

bearing gifts we traverse afar,

field and fountain,

moor and mountain,

following yonder star. [CHORUS]

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CHORUS:

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O star of wonder, star of night,

star with royal beauty bright;

westward leading, still proceeding,

guide us to thy perfect light!

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2) Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,

gold I bring to crown him again,

King for ever,

ceasing never

over us all to reign. [CHORUS]

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3) Frankincense to offer have I:

incense owns a Deity nigh;

prayer and praising,

gladly raising,

worship him, God Most High. [CHORUS]

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4) Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume

breathes a life of gathering gloom;

sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [CHORUS]

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5) Glorious now behold him arise,

King and God and Sacrifice; heaven sings

alleluia; alleluia

the earth replies. [CHORUS]

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GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN.

1) God rest you 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. [CHORUS]

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CHORUS:

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O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy!

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2) From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came;

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tiding of the same;

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name [CHORUS]

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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM.

1) O little town of Bethlehem,

How still we see thee lie;

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep,

The silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light;

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.

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2) 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.

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3) O holy Child of Bethlehem!

Descend to us we pray;

Cast out our sin and enter in,

Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels

The great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us,

Our Lord Emmanuel!

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O COME O COME EMMANUEL.

1) O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear. [CHORUS]

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CHORUS:

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Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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2) O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go. [CHORUS]

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3) O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of hell Thy people save,

And give them victory over the grave. [CHORUS]

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4) O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight. [CHORUS]

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5) O come, Thou Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery. [CHORUS]

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6) O come, O come, great Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height

In ancient times once gave the law

In cloud and majesty and awe. [CHORUS]

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7) O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,

An ensign of Thy people be;

Before Thee rulers silent fall;

All peoples on Thy mercy call. [CHORUS]

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8) O come, Desire of nations, bind

In one the hearts of all mankind;

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,

And be Thyself our King of Peace. [CHORUS]

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WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT.

1) While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

all seated on the ground,

the angel of the Lord came down,

and glory shone around.

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2) "Fear not," said he, for mighty dread

had seized their troubled mind;

"Glad tidings of great joy I bring

to you and all mankind.

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3) "To you, in David's town, this day

is born of David's line

a Savior, who is Christ the Lord;

and this shall be the sign:

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4) "The heavenly Babe you there shall find

to human view displayed,

all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,

and in a manger laid."

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5) Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

appeared a shining throng

of angels praising God, who thus

addressed their joyful song:

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6) "All glory be to God on high

and on earth be peace;

good will henceforth from heaven to me

begin and never cease."

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ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH.

1) Angels we have heard on high,

Singing sweetly through the night,

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their brave delight. [CHORUS]

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CHORUS:

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

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2) Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why these songs of happy cheer?

What great brightness did you see?

What glad tiding did you hear? [CHORUS]

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3) Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. [CHORUS]

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4) See him in a manger laid

Whom the angels praise above;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

While we raise our hearts in love. [CHORUS]

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THERE'S A SONG IN THE AIR

There's a song in the air!

There's a star in the sky!

There's a mother's deep prayer

and a baby's low cry!

And the star rains its fire

while the beautiful sing,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

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2) There's a tumult of joy

o'er the wonderful birth,

For the virgin's sweet Boy

is the Lord of the earth.

Ay! the star rains its fire

while the beautiful sing,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

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3) In the light of that star

lie the ages impearled;

And that song from afar

has swept over the world.

Every hearth is aflame,

and the beautiful sing

In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King!

4) We rejoice in the light,

and we echo the song

That comes down through the night

from the heavenly throng.

Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,

And we greet in His cradle our Saviour and King!

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GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN REJOICE

1) Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Give ye heed to what we say:

Jesus Christ is born to-day;

Ox and ass before him bow,

And he is in the manger now.

Christ is born to-day!

Christ is born to-day

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2) Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Now ye hear of endless bliss:

Jesus Christ was born for this!

He hath oped the heavenly door,

And man is blessed evermore.

Christ was born for this!

Christ was born for this!

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3) Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Now ye need not fear the grave:

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!

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