Scripture Verse

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life. John 3:16

Introduction

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: Hein­rich Su­so (?–1366). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in Ca­rols for Christ­mas­tide (Lon­don: 1853). Folk­lore has it that Su­so, hear­ing an­gels sing these words, joined them in a dance of wor­ship.

Music: In Dul­ci Ju­bi­lo 14th Cen­tu­ry Ger­man tune. Har­mo­ny from Christ­mas Ca­rols Old and New, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul, and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say: News! News! Jesus Christ is born today;
Ox and ass before Him bow; and He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

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 has opened the heavenly door, and man is blest forevermore.
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!