Lyrics

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.
Refrain: Glo–ria, in excelsis Deo! Glo–ria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song? (refrain)
Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. (refrain)
See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. (refrain)

AWAY IN A MANGER
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there

DECK THE HALL
1. Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la
Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
2. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
While I tell of Yule-tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
3. Fast away thee old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Sing we joyous all together, Fa la la la la la la,
Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

THE FIRST NOEL
The first Noel the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Chorus: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.
They look-ed up & saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night. (chorus)
And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent,

And to follow the star wherever it went. (chorus)

GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Refrain
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev’rywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night,
Behold thru-out the heavens, there shown a holy light. (refrain)
The shepherds feared and trembled, when lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angel chorus that hailed the Savior’s birth. (refrain)
Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,
And God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn. (refrain)

GOD REST YOU MERRY, GENTLEMEN
God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
Remember, Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day;
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r, when we were gone astray.
Refrain
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.
In Bethlehem, in Jewry, this blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn;
The which His mother Mary did nothing take in scorn. (refrain)
From God, our heav’nly Father, a blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God my name. (refrain)
The shepherds at those tidings, rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding, in tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem strait-way, the Son of God to find. (refrain)

GOOD CHRISTIAN FRIENDS, REJOICE
Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart & 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 friends, rejoice with heart & soul and voice.
Now ye hear of endless bliss: News, news!
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath opened heaven’s door, and ye are blest for evermore.
Christ was born for this. Christ was born for this!
Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart & soul and voice.
Now ye need not fear the grave: News, news!
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all to gain his ever lasting hall.
Christ was born to save. Christ was born to save!

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Refrain: Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King!”
Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see; hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. (refrain)
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth. (refrain)

HERE WE COME A-CAROLING
Here we come a caroling among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand’ring, so fair to be seen.
REFRAIN: Love & joy come to you, and to you glad Christmas too;
And God bless you & send you a happy New Year,
And God send you a happy New Year.
We are not daily beggars that beg from door to door;
But we are neighbors’ children, whom you have seen before. (Refrain)
Good mas—ter & mis—tress, as you sit by the fire,
Pray think of us poor children, who wander in the mire. (Refrain)
God bless the master of this house, like-wise the mistress, too,
And all the little children, that round the table go. (Refrain)

I SAW THREE SHIPS
I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Chri-stmas Day, on Chri-stmas Day.
I saw three ships come sailing in, on Chri-stmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three,
On Chri-stmas Day, on Chri-stmas Day?
And what was in those ships all 3, on Chri-stmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Chri-stmas Day, on Chri-stmas Day.
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there, on Chri-stmas Day in the morning.
Then let us all rejoice amain, (amain is archaic for: with all one’s might)
On Chri-stmas Day, on Chri-stmas Day.
Then let us all rejoice amain, on Chri-stmas Day in the morning.

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR
It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
Fro angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold;
“Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.
Still thru the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains, they end on hovering wing,
And ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.
And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
Look now! For glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing!
For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophet seen of old,
When with the ever circling years shall come the time foretold.
When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

JINGLE BELLS
Dashing thru the snow in a one horse open sleigh,
O’er the fields we go, – laughing all the way;
Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright;
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight! Oh!
Refrain: Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!
Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!
A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride,
And soon Miss Fannie Bright was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seem’d his lot,
He got into a drifted bank, and we, we got upsot! Oh! (Refrain)
Now the ground is white. Go it while you’re young;
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed nag. Two forty for his speed.
Then hitch him to an open sleigh, and crack! You’ll take the lead. Oh!

JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS
Jolly old Saint Nicholas, learn your ear this way!
Don’t you tell a single soul what I’m going to say.
Christmas Eve is coming soon. Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you’ll bring to me. Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve, when I’m fast asleep.
Down the chimney broad and black, with your pack you’ll creep.
All the stockings you will find hanging in a row.
Mine will be the shortest one. You’ll be sure to know.
Johnny wants a pair of skates, Susy wants a sled.
Nellie wants a picture book, yellow, blue and red.

Now I think I’ll leave to you what to give the rest.
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus. You will know the best.

JOY TO THE WORLD
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And heaven & nature sing, & heaven & nature sing,
And heaven & heaven & nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.

O CHRISTMAS TREE
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! Thou tree most fair & lovely! (repeat)
The sight of thee at Christmas-tide spreads hope & gladness far & wide.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! Thou tree most fair & lovely.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! Thou hast a wondrous message. (repeat)
Thou dost proclaim the Savior’s birth. Good will to men & peace on earth.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! Thou hast a wondrous message.

O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Chorus: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest; (chorus)

O COME, LITTLE CHILDREN
O come, little children, o come one and all,
To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small,
God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this night
To be your redeemer, your joy and delight.
He’s born in a stable for you and for me,
Draw near by the bright gleaming starlight to see,
In swaddling clothes lying so meek and so mild,
And purer than angels the heavenly child.
See Mary and Joseph with love beaming eyes
Are gazing upon the rude bed where He lies,
The shepherds are kneeling, with hearts full of love,
While angels sing loud hallelujahs above.

O HOLY NIGHT
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin & error pining,
Till He appeared & the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new & glorious morn;

Fall on your knees, Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth!
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven a-far. Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born. Christ the Savior is born!
Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

THE VIRGIN MARY HAD A BABY BOY
1. The Virgin Mary had a baby boy (3Xs)
And they say that his name is Jesus.
Refrain: He come from the glory. He come from the glorious kingdom. (2Xs)
Oh, yes believer. (2Xs)
He come from the glory. He come from the glorious kingdom.
2. The angels sang when the baby was born (3Xs)
And they say that his name is Jesus. (Refrain)
3. The shepherds came where the baby was born. (3Xs)
And they say that his name is Jesus. (Refrain)

UP ON THE HOUSETOP
Up on the housetop reindeer pause.
Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
Down through the chimney with lots of toys.
All for the little ones’ Christmas joys.

Chorus: Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go!
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go!
Up on the housetop, click, click, click.
Down through the chimney with good St. Nick.
First comes the stocking of little Nell.
Oh dear Santa fill it well.
Bring her a dolly that laughs and cries.
One that can open and shut her eyes. (chorus)
Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see that glorious fill.
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks,
Also a ball and a whip that cracks. (chorus)

WE THREE KINGS
We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
Refrain: O—star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign. (Refrain)
Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice:
Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies. (Refrain)

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
We wish you a merry Christmas. (3 times)
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings to you, and always good cheer.
Good tidings for Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Now bring us some figgie pudding. (3 times)
Now bring it out here!
We won’t go until we get some. (3 times)
So bring some out here!
We wish you a merry Christmas (3 times)
And a Happy New Year!

WHAT CHILD IS THIS
What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherd watch are keeping?
Refrain
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.
Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.
(Refrain)
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him. (Refrain)