The angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.@Luke 2:10

Traditional English carol.

Sussex Carol traditional English carol, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1919 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

On Christmas night all Christians sing,
To hear the news the angels bring;
On Christmas night all Christians sing,
To hear the news the angels bring:
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful king’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad:
Then why should we on earth be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad:
When from our sin He set us free,
All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace,
Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace,
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing,
All for to see the newborn king.

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night:
Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and forevermore. Amen.