Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:14

Robert H. Groome, in Carols for Use in Church, by Richard R. Chope (London: William Clowes & Sons, Limited, 1894), number 70.

Montreat Robert H. Groome (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ashton Wassailers

Christians, listen, while we sing,
(Dark, before the dawning)
As it was commanded them,
On this Christmas morning.

In a manger of the stall,
(Dark, before the dawning)
There they found the Lord of all,
On this Christmas morning.

There they found the mother mild,
(Dark, before the dawning)
Gazing on her newborn child,
On this Christmas morning.

Christian, art thou far from ill?
(Dark, before the dawning)
He will make thee happier still,
On this Christmas morning.

Is an hour of sorrow near?
(Dark, before the dawning)
He will wipe away the tear
On this Christmas morning.

Blessings rest on all within!
(Dark, before the dawning)
Newer life, and hopes begin
On this Christmas morning.

Praise we then our Savior king;
(Dark, before the dawning)
As the angels once did sing
On this Christmas morning:

Glory be to God on high,
(Dark, before the dawning)
Peace on earth and charity
On this Christmas morning.