Scripture Verse

I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10


Words: James Barm­by. Pub­lished in Ca­rols Old and Ca­rols New, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 711.

Music: John Swire (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Barm­by or Swire (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Good people, give ear,
As we sing loud and clear
Our song of a Christmas morning.
In Jewry of old,
As the prophets foretold,
A glory came down to the earth:
And angels on high
Sang loud from the sky,
So we may have gladness and mirth.

O list, young and old,
As we sing in the cold,
Our song of a Christmas morning.
It was cold on the plains,
Where a few silly swains
Were watching their flocks in the night;
But a glory shone round,
And sweet music did sound,
And the welkin was filled with delight.

Awake ye, and hear
For your solace and cheer,
Our song of a Christmas morning.
Anon were they ’ware
That an angel stood there,
And Fear not, said he, nor be sad;
For a Savior is born
To a world that was lorn,
And therefore ye all may be glad.

O hear, great and small—
And God bless you all—
Our song of a Christmas morning.
There came in due time
From a far eastern clime
Certain wise men led on by a star;
Their gifts they unrolled,
Myrrh, incense, and gold,
And bore the glad tidings afar.

Now peace to you all
And deliverance from thrall
On this blessèd Christmas morning.
Our story is told,
You have heard it of old,
We sing the same song every year;
But it ever is new
To hearts that are true:
May God of His grace send you cheer!