Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

Introduction

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: John M. Neale, Ca­rols for Christ­mas-tide (Lon­don & New York: No­vel­lo, 1853), num­ber 1.

Music: Tho­mas Hel­more, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Here is joy for every age,
Every generation;
Prince and peasant, chief and sage,
Every tongue and nation;
Every tongue and nation,
Every rank and station,
Hath today salvation:
Alleluia!

When the world drew near its close,
Came our Lord and Savior;
From the Lily sprang the Rose,
From the Bush the Cedar;
From the Bush the Cedar,
From the judged the Pleader,
From the faint the Feeder:
Alleluia!

God, that came on earth this morn,
In a manger lying,
Hallowed birth by being born,
Vanquished death by dying;
Vanquished death by dying,
Rallied back the flying,
Ended sin and sighing:
Alleluia!