Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Ev­i­dent­ly an old French ca­rol from the Be­san­çon re­gion (On vint de nous ai­poutha). Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by John O’Con­nor (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

We’ve been told a joyful thing,
News for all the nations.
Angels have been heard to sing
Round the shepherd stations,
One intoned the Gloria,
Others Alleluia;
Peace to all things human;
War no more for true man.

Up and get you quickly there
Folk of field and village!
Over to that stable bare
Up beyond the tillage.
There you’ll find a Baby born
Old before His mother’s morn
Young with dewy splendor
Of parent stem so tender.

So we come to pay our vows:
Hail! God save thee, Mary!
Joseph, man of this poor house,
Fortune seems contrary.
Let us look on Christ the Lord,
That was sure the angel’s word.
Swathèd in a manger,
Welcome, Holy Stranger!