2016 Carols from King's


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The traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The world-famous choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sings a glorious selection of carols.


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# Once in royal David's city

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# Stood a lowly cattle shed

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# Where a mother laid her baby

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# In a manger for his bed

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# Mary was that mother mild

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# Jesus Christ her little child

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# He came down to earth from heaven

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# Who is God and Lord of all

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# And his shelter was a stable

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# And his cradle was a stall

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# With the poor and mean and lowly

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# Lived on earth our Saviour holy

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# And through all his wondrous childhood

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# He would honour and obey

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# Love and watch the lowly maiden

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# In whose gentle arms he lay

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# Christian children all must be

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# Mild, obedient, good as he

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# For he is our childhood's pattern

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# Day by day like us he grew

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# He was little, weak and helpless

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# Tears and smiles like us he knew

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# And he feeleth for our sadness

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# And he shareth in our gladness

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# And our eyes at last shall see him

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# Through his own redeeming love

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# For that child so dear and gentle

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# Is our Lord in heaven above

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# And he leads his children on

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# To the place where he is gone

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# Not in that poor lowly stable

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# With the oxen standing by

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# We shall see him, but in heaven

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# Set at God's right hand on high

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# When like stars his children crowned

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# All in white shall wait around. #

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We gather again this Christmas Eve

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to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child -

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God's gift of love to the human race -

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and to celebrate that good news

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with wonder and with joy.

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We trace, in the words of Scripture,

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the familiar story of angels and shepherds,

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mother and child,

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wise men and gifts,

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and ponder in our hearts

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not only what this gift means,

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but how we might respond to it.

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The faith we celebrate at Christmas

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is that God is with us as our friend and companion.

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A companion who brings the fullness of God's grace

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into the realities of flesh and blood,

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into our pain and distress,

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into our personal hopes

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and common fears.

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A companion who,

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by sharing our life with us,

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heals and reconciles

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through his endless gift of love.

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# Ding dong! Merrily on high

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# In heav'n the bells are ringing

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# Ding dong! Verily the sky

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# Is riv'n with angels singing

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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-# E'en so here below, below

-Ding dong!

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-# Let steeple bells be swungen

-Ding dong, ding dong!

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-# And i-o, i-o, i-o

-Ding dong!

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-# By priest and people sungen

-Ding dong, ding dong!

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-Dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong

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# Dong, dong, ding dong

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-# Hosanna in excelsis

-Dong, dong, ding dong, ding dong

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-Dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong

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# Dong, dong, ding dong

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-# Hosanna in excelsis

-Dong, dong, ding dong, ding dong!

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# Pray you, dutifully prime your matin chime, ye ringers

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# May you beautifully rhyme your evetime song, ye singers

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis!

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-# In excelsis!

-In excelsis!

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# Hosanna in excelsis! #

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The prophet Isaiah foretells the peace that Christ will bring.

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And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse

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And a branch shall grow out of his roots

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And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him

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The spirit of wisdom and understanding

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The spirit of counsel and might

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The spirit of knowledge

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And of the fear of the Lord

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And shall make him of quick understanding

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In the fear of the Lord

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And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes

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Neither reprove after the hearing of his ears

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But with righteousness shall he judge the poor

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And reprove with equity for the meek of the earth

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And he shall smite the earth

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With the rod of his mouth

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And with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked

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And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins

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And faithfulness the girdle of his reins

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The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb

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And the leopard shall lie down with the kid

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And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together

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And a little child shall lead them

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And the cow and the bear shall feed

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Their young ones shall lie down together

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And the lion shall eat straw like the ox

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And the sucking child

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Shall play on the hole of the asp

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And the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den

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They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain

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For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord

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As the waters cover the sea.

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Thanks be to God.

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# A tender shoot has started up

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# From a root of grace

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# As ancient seers imparted

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# From Jesse's holy race

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-# It blooms without a blight

-It blooms

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# It blooms without a blight

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# Blooms in the cold bleak winter

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# Turning our darkness into light

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# This shoot Isaiah taught us

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# From Jesse's root shall spring

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# The Virgin Mary brought us

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# The branch of which we sing

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-# Our God of endless might

-Our God

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# Our God of endless might

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# Gave her this child to save us

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# Thus turning darkness

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# Into light. #

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# Little lamb, who made thee

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# Dost thou know who made thee

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# Gave thee life and bid thee feed

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# By the stream and o'er the mead

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# Gave thee clothing of delight

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# Softest clothing, woolly bright

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# Gave thee such a tender voice

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# Making all the vales rejoice

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# Little lamb

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# Who made thee

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# Dost thou know

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# Who made thee?

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# Little lamb

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# I'll tell thee

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# Little lamb

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# I'll tell thee

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# He is called by thy name

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# For he calls himself a lamb

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# He is meek and he is mild

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# He became a little child

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# I, a child, and thou, a lamb

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# We are called by his name

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# Little lamb

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# God bless thee

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# Little lamb

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# God bless thee. #

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The poet and priest, Rowan Williams,

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offers images of the coming of Christ.

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He will come like last leaf's fall

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One night when the November wind has flayed the trees to bone

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And earth wakes choking on the mould

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The soft shroud's folding

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He will come like frost

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One morning, when the shrinking earth opens on mist

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To find itself arrested in the net of alien, sword-set beauty

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He will come like dark

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One evening, when the bursting red December sun

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Draws up the sheet and penny-masks its eye

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To yield the star-snowed fields of sky

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He will come

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WILL come

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Will come like crying in the night

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Like blood, like breaking

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As the earth writhes to toss him free

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He will come like child.

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all!

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# Born is a baby

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# Gentle as may be

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# Son of the eternal

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# Father supernal

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all!

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# Seraph quire singeth

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# Angel bell ringeth

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# Hark how they rime it

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# Time it, and chime it

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all!

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# Mid earth rejoices

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# Hearing such voices

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# Ne'ertofore so well

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# Carolling Nowell

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all!

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# Light out of star-land

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# Leadeth from far land

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# Princes to meet him

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# Worship and greet him

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all

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# Thus they, I pray you

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# Up, sirs, nor stay you

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# Till ye confess him

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# Likewise, and bless him

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# Past three a clock

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# And a cold frosty morning

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# Past three a clock

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# Good morrow, masters all! #

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# In the bleak mid-winter

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# Frosty wind made moan

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# Earth stood hard as iron

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# Water like a stone

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# Snow had fallen, snow on snow

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# Snow on snow

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# In the bleak mid-winter

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# Long ago

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# Our God, heav'n cannot hold him

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# Nor earth sustain

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# Heav'n and earth shall flee away

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# When he comes to reign

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# In the bleak mid-winter

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# A stable-place sufficed

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# The Lord God Almighty

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# Jesus Christ

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# Enough for him

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# Whom cherubim worship night and day

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# A breastful of milk

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# And a mangerful of hay

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# Enough for him

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# Whom angels fall down before

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# The ox and ass and camel

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# Which adore

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# What can I give Him

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# Poor as I am?

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# If I were a shepherd

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# I would bring a lamb

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# If I were a wise man

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# I would do my part

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# Yet what I can I give him

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# Give my heart

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# Give my heart. #

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# O come, O come, Emmanuel

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# Redeem thy captive Israel

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# That into exile drear is gone

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# Far from the face of God's dear son

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# Rejoice! Rejoice!

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# Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

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# O come, thou branch of Jesse!

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# Draw the quarry from the lion's claw

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# From the dread caverns of the grave

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# From nether hell, thy people save

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# Rejoice! Rejoice!

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# Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

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# O come, O come, thou dayspring bright

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# Pour on our souls thy healing light

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# Dispel the long night's lingering gloom

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# And pierce the shadows of the tomb

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-# Rejoice!

-Rejoice!

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-# Emmanuel

-Emmanuel

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# Shall come to thee, O Israel

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# O come, thou Lord of David's key

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# The royal door fling wide and free

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# Safeguard for us the heav'nward road

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# And bar the way to death's abode

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# Rejoice! Rejoice!

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# Emmanuel shall come to thee

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# O Israel

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# O come, O come, Adonai

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# Who in thy glorious majesty

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# From that high mountain clothed with awe

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# Gavest thy folk the elder law

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WITH DESCANT: # Rejoice! Rejoice!

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# Emmanuel shall come to thee

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# O Israel. #

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The Angel Gabriel brings good news to Mary.

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And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God

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Unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth

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To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph,

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Of the house of David

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And the virgin's name was Mary.

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And the angel came in unto her, and said

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"Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee

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"Blessed art thou among women."

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And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying

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And cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be

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And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary

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"For thou hast found favour with God

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"And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,

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"And bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus

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"He shall be great,

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"and shall be called the Son of the Highest

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"And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father, David

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"And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever

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"And of his kingdom there shall be no end."

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Then said Mary unto the angel

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"How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"

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And the angel answered and said unto her

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"The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee

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"And the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee

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"Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee

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"Shall be called the Son of God

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"And, behold, thy cousin, Elisabeth,

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"She hath also conceived a son in her old age

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"And this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren

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"For with God, nothing shall be impossible."

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And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord

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"Be it unto me according to thy word."

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And the angel departed from her.

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Thanks be to God.

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# I sing of a maiden

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# That is makeles

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# King of all kings

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# To her son she ches

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-TREBLES:

-# He came also still

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# There his mother was

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# As dew in April

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# That falleth on the grass

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UNISON: # He came also still

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# To his mother's bower

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# As dew in April

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# That falleth on the flow'r

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-MEN:

-# He came all so still

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# There his mother lay

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# As dew in April

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# That falleth on the spray

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UNISON: # Mother and maiden

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# Was never none but she

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# Well may such a lady

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# God's mother be. #

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-SOLO:

-# The first good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of one

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# To see the blessed Jesus Christ

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# When he was first her son

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UNISON: # When he was first her son, good man

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# And blessed may he be

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# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity

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-TREBLES, TENORS HUM:

-# The next good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of two

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# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

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# To make the lame to go

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# To make the lame to go, good man

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# And blessed may he be

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# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity

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-TENORS:

-# The next good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of three

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# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

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# To make the blind to see

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# To make the blind to see, good man

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# And blessed may he be

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# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity

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# The next good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of four

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# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

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# To read the Bible o'er

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UNISON: # To read the Bible o'er, good man

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# And blessed may he be

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# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity

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-TENORS:

-# The next good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of five

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# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

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# To bring the dead alive

0:35:010:35:03

# To bring the dead alive, good man

0:35:030:35:06

# And blessed may he be

0:35:060:35:09

# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

0:35:090:35:12

# To all eternity

0:35:120:35:15

UNISON, HARMONISING: # The next good joy that Mary had

0:35:190:35:22

# It was the joy of six

0:35:220:35:24

# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

0:35:240:35:27

# Upon the crucifix

0:35:270:35:29

# Upon the crucifix, good man

0:35:290:35:32

# And blessed may he be

0:35:320:35:35

# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

0:35:350:35:38

# To all eternity

0:35:380:35:40

UNISON, WITH DESCANT: # The next good joy that Mary had

0:35:420:35:45

# It was the joy of seven

0:35:450:35:47

# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

0:35:470:35:50

# To wear the crown of heaven

0:35:500:35:52

# To wear the crown of heaven, good man

0:35:520:35:55

# And blessed may he be

0:35:550:35:58

# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

0:35:580:36:01

# To all eternity. #

0:36:010:36:06

The Cornish poet, Charles Causley,

0:36:230:36:25

sees the message of love in the child in the manger.

0:36:250:36:29

Sleep, King Jesus

0:36:310:36:34

Your royal bed

0:36:340:36:35

Is made of hay In a cattle-shed

0:36:350:36:37

Sleep, King Jesus

0:36:390:36:41

Do not fear

0:36:410:36:43

Joseph is watching

0:36:430:36:45

And waiting near

0:36:450:36:46

Warm in the wintry air You lie

0:36:470:36:51

The ox and the donkey Standing by

0:36:510:36:54

With summer eyes They seem to say

0:36:540:36:57

Welcome, Jesus

0:36:570:36:59

On Christmas Day!

0:36:590:37:01

Sleep, King Jesus

0:37:020:37:05

Your diamond crown

0:37:050:37:06

High in the sky

0:37:060:37:08

Where the stars look dawn

0:37:080:37:09

Let your reign of love begin

0:37:100:37:13

That all the world

0:37:130:37:15

May enter in.

0:37:150:37:16

-SOLO:

-# Huna blentyn ar fy mynwes

0:37:380:37:44

# Clyd a chynnes ydyw hon

0:37:440:37:50

-TREBLES HARMONISE WITH SOLO:

-# Breichiau mam sy'n dynn amdanat

0:37:500:37:56

# Cariad mam sy dan fy mron

0:37:560:38:03

-TREBLES:

-# Ni chaiff dim amharu'th gyntun

0:38:030:38:09

# Ni wna undyn a thi gam

0:38:090:38:16

-SOLO, TREBLES HARMONISE:

-# Huna'n dawel, annwyl blentyn

0:38:160:38:22

# Huna'n fwyn ar fron dy fam

0:38:220:38:29

-SOLO:

-# Huna'n dawel, heno, huna

0:38:420:38:48

# Huna'n fwyn, y tlws ei lun

0:38:480:38:55

-TENORS HARMONISE WITH SOLO:

-# Pam yr wyt yn awr yn gwenu

0:38:550:39:01

# Gwenu'n dirion yn dy hun?

0:39:010:39:08

-TENORS:

-# Ai angylion fry sy'n gwenu

0:39:080:39:14

# Arnat ti yn gwenu'n llon

0:39:140:39:20

-TENORS HARMONISE WITH SOLO:

-# Tithau'n gwenu'n ol dan huno

0:39:200:39:27

# Huno'n dawel ar fy mron?

0:39:270:39:34

UNISON: # Paid ag ofni, dim ond deilen

0:39:470:39:53

# Gura, gura ar y ddor

0:39:530:39:59

# Paid ag ofni, ton fach unig

0:39:590:40:06

# Sua, sua ar lan y mor

0:40:060:40:12

# Huna blentyn, nid oes yma

0:40:120:40:19

# Ddim i roddi iti fraw

0:40:190:40:25

-SOLO:

-# Gwena'n dawel yn fy mynwes

0:40:250:40:32

# Ar yr engyl gwynion draw. #

0:40:320:40:39

ORGAN CLOSES HYMN

0:40:390:40:41

-SOLO:

-# The holly and the ivy

0:41:000:41:03

# When they are both full grown

0:41:030:41:06

-BASSES HARMONISE:

-# Of all the trees that are in the wood

0:41:060:41:10

# The holly bears the crown

0:41:100:41:12

UNISON: # O the rising of the sun

0:41:120:41:15

# And the running of the deer

0:41:150:41:19

# The playing of the merry organ

0:41:190:41:22

# Sweet singing in the choir

0:41:220:41:25

-SOLO:

-# The holly bears a blossom

0:41:270:41:30

# As white as any flower

0:41:300:41:33

-TENORS HARMONISE:

-# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

0:41:330:41:36

# To be our sweet Saviour

0:41:360:41:39

UNISON: # O the rising of the sun

0:41:390:41:42

# And the running of the deer

0:41:420:41:45

# The playing of the merry organ

0:41:450:41:48

# Sweet singing in the choir

0:41:480:41:52

-SOLO:

-# The holly bears a berry

0:41:540:41:57

# As red as any blood

0:41:570:42:00

-BASSES HARMONISE:

-# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

0:42:000:42:03

# To do poor sinners good

0:42:030:42:06

UNISON: # O the rising of the sun

0:42:060:42:09

# And the running of the deer

0:42:090:42:12

# The playing of the merry organ

0:42:120:42:16

# Sweet singing in the choir

0:42:160:42:19

-SOLO:

-# The holly bears a prickle

0:42:200:42:23

# As sharp as any thorn

0:42:230:42:26

-TREBLES HARMONISE:

-# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

0:42:260:42:30

# On Christmas Day in the morn

0:42:300:42:33

UNISON: # O the rising of the sun

0:42:330:42:36

# And the running of the deer

0:42:360:42:39

# The playing of the merry organ

0:42:390:42:43

# Sweet singing in the choir

0:42:430:42:46

-SOLO:

-# The holly bears a bark

0:42:470:42:50

# As bitter as any gall

0:42:500:42:53

-BASSES HARMONISE:

-# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

0:42:530:42:57

# For to redeem us all

0:42:570:42:59

UNISON: # O the rising of the sun

0:42:590:43:03

# And the running of the deer

0:43:030:43:06

# The playing of the merry organ

0:43:060:43:09

# Sweet singing in

0:43:090:43:11

-# Sweet singing in

-Singing in

0:43:110:43:15

# In...

0:43:150:43:18

# In the choir. #

0:43:190:43:27

ALL: # It came upon the midnight clear

0:43:510:43:58

# That glorious song of old

0:43:580:44:02

# From angels bending near the earth

0:44:040:44:09

# To touch their harps of gold

0:44:090:44:15

# "Peace on the earth, goodwill to men

0:44:150:44:21

# "From heaven's all-gracious King!"

0:44:210:44:26

# The world in solemn stillness lay

0:44:260:44:32

# To hear the angels sing

0:44:320:44:39

# Still through the cloven skies they come

0:44:400:44:46

# With peaceful wings unfurled

0:44:460:44:52

# And still their heavenly music floats

0:44:520:44:58

# O'er all the weary world

0:44:580:45:03

# Above its sad and lowly plains

0:45:030:45:10

# They bend on hov'ring wing

0:45:100:45:15

# And ever o'er its Babel sounds

0:45:150:45:21

# The blessed angels sing

0:45:210:45:28

# Yet with the woes of sin and strife

0:45:300:45:35

# The world has suffered long

0:45:350:45:41

# Beneath the angel-strain have rolled

0:45:410:45:47

# Two thousand years of wrong

0:45:470:45:52

# And man, at war with man, hears not

0:45:520:45:59

# The love-song which they bring

0:45:590:46:04

# O hush the noise, ye men of strife

0:46:040:46:11

# And hear the angels sing

0:46:110:46:18

WITH DESCANT: # For lo! The days are hastening on

0:46:190:46:25

# By prophets seen of old

0:46:250:46:30

# When with the ever-circling years

0:46:300:46:36

# Comes round the age of gold

0:46:360:46:42

# When peace shall over all the earth

0:46:420:46:49

# Its ancient splendours fling

0:46:490:46:54

# And the whole world send back the song

0:46:550:47:01

# Which now the angels sing! #

0:47:010:47:12

The wise men are led by a star to Jesus.

0:47:240:47:28

Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea

0:47:290:47:33

In the days of Herod the king

0:47:330:47:36

Behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying

0:47:360:47:41

"Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

0:47:410:47:44

"For we have seen his star in the East

0:47:440:47:48

"And are come to worship him."

0:47:480:47:50

Then, Herod, when he had privily called the wise men

0:47:510:47:56

Enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared

0:47:560:48:01

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said

0:48:020:48:05

"Go and search diligently for the young child

0:48:050:48:09

"And when ye have found him, bring me word again,

0:48:090:48:12

"That I may come and worship him, also."

0:48:120:48:16

When they had heard the king, they departed

0:48:170:48:21

And lo, the star which they saw in the east went before them

0:48:210:48:26

Till it came and stood over where the young child was

0:48:260:48:30

When they saw the star

0:48:310:48:33

They rejoiced with exceeding great joy

0:48:330:48:36

And when they were come into the house

0:48:380:48:41

They saw the young child with Mary, his mother

0:48:410:48:44

And fell down, and worshipped him

0:48:440:48:47

And when they had opened their treasures

0:48:480:48:50

They presented unto him gifts

0:48:500:48:53

Gold and frankincense and myrrh

0:48:530:48:57

And being warned of God in a dream

0:48:580:49:02

That they should not return to Herod

0:49:020:49:04

They departed into their own country another way.

0:49:040:49:08

Thanks be to God.

0:49:110:49:12

# "When he is King

0:49:260:49:30

# "We will give him a King's gifts

0:49:300:49:37

# "Myrrh for his sweetness

0:49:370:49:41

# "And gold for a crown

0:49:410:49:48

# "Beautiful robes"

0:49:480:49:53

# Said a young girl to Joseph

0:49:530:49:59

# Fair with her first-born

0:49:590:50:04

# On Bethlehem Down

0:50:040:50:12

# Bethlehem Down

0:50:150:50:19

# Is full of the starlight

0:50:190:50:26

# Winds for the spices

0:50:260:50:30

# And stars for the gold

0:50:300:50:36

# Mary for sleep

0:50:360:50:40

# And for lullaby music

0:50:400:50:48

# Songs of a shepherd

0:50:480:50:53

# By Bethlehem fold

0:50:530:51:01

# When he is King

0:51:040:51:08

# They will clothe him in grave-sheets

0:51:080:51:14

# Myrrh for embalming

0:51:150:51:20

# And wood for a crown

0:51:200:51:26

# He that lies now

0:51:260:51:30

# In the white arms of Mary

0:51:300:51:37

# Sleeping so lightly

0:51:380:51:43

# On Bethlehem Down

0:51:430:51:51

# Here he has peace

0:51:540:51:59

# And a short while for dreaming

0:51:590:52:06

# Close-huddled oxen

0:52:060:52:10

# To keep him from cold

0:52:100:52:17

# Mary for love

0:52:170:52:22

# And for lullaby music

0:52:220:52:30

# Songs of a shepherd

0:52:300:52:35

# By Bethlehem Down. #

0:52:350:52:43

SOLO: # I saw three ships come sailing in

0:52:520:52:54

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:52:540:52:56

# I saw three ships come sailing in

0:52:560:52:59

# On Christmas Day in the morning

0:52:590:53:01

-TREBLES:

-# And what was in those ships all three

0:53:010:53:03

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:53:030:53:06

# And what was in those ships all three

0:53:060:53:08

# On Christmas Day in the morning?

0:53:080:53:10

# Our Saviour Christ and his lady

0:53:150:53:17

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:53:170:53:20

# Our Saviour Christ and his lady

0:53:200:53:22

# On Christmas Day in the morning

0:53:220:53:24

# Pray, whither sailed those ships all three...

0:53:250:53:29

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:53:290:53:31

# Pray, whither sailed those ships all three...

0:53:310:53:34

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:53:340:53:37

UNISON: # On Christmas Day in the morning?

0:53:370:53:42

UNISON, HARMONISING: # O, they sailed into Bethlehem

0:53:420:53:45

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:53:450:53:47

# O, they sailed into Bethlehem

0:53:470:53:49

# On Christmas Day in the morning

0:53:490:53:51

-# And all the bells on earth shall ring

-Ding, dong

0:53:560:53:58

-# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

-Ding, dong, ding, dong

0:53:580:54:00

-# And all the bells on earth shall ring

-Ding, dong, ding, dong

0:54:000:54:03

-# On Christmas Day in the morning

-Ding, dong

0:54:030:54:05

UNISON: # And all the angels in heav'n shall sing

0:54:100:54:13

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:54:130:54:17

# And all the angels in heav'n shall sing

0:54:170:54:21

# On Christmas Day in the morning

0:54:210:54:23

-MEN:

-# And all the souls on earth shall sing

0:54:230:54:25

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:54:250:54:27

# And all the souls on earth shall sing

0:54:270:54:29

# On Christmas Day in the morning

0:54:290:54:32

UNISON: # Then let us all rejoice amain

0:54:360:54:38

# On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day

0:54:380:54:41

# Then let us all rejoice amain

0:54:410:54:43

# On Christmas Day in the morning! #

0:54:430:54:49

UA Fanthorpe reflects on the significance

0:54:580:55:01

of the moment of Christ's birth.

0:55:010:55:03

This was the moment when Before turned into After

0:55:050:55:10

and the future's uninvented timekeepers presented arms

0:55:100:55:14

This was the moment when nothing happened

0:55:160:55:19

Only dull peace sprawled boringly over the earth

0:55:200:55:23

This was the moment when even energetic Romans

0:55:250:55:29

Could find nothing better to do

0:55:290:55:32

Than counting heads in remote provinces

0:55:320:55:34

And this was the moment

0:55:360:55:38

When a few farm workers

0:55:380:55:41

And three members of an obscure Persian sect

0:55:410:55:45

Walked haphazard by starlight

0:55:450:55:48

Straight into the kingdom of heaven.

0:55:480:55:51

SOLO, OTHERS HARMONISE: # Three kings from Persian lands afar

0:56:100:56:17

-# To Jordan follow the pointing star

-Pointing star

0:56:170:56:24

# And this the quest of the travellers three

0:56:240:56:30

# Where the newborn King of the Jews may be

0:56:300:56:38

# Full royal gifts they bear for the King

0:56:380:56:44

# Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering

0:56:440:56:49

# Our Jesse tree now bloweth

0:56:490:56:54

# The star shines out with a steadfast ray

0:56:540:57:02

# The kings to Bethlehem make their way

0:57:030:57:05

# Of Jacob's stem and David's line

0:57:050:57:09

# And there in worship they bend the knee

0:57:090:57:14

-# As Mary's child in her lap they see

-For thee, my bridegroom, King divine

0:57:140:57:23

# Their royal gifts they show to the King

0:57:230:57:27

# My soul

0:57:270:57:28

# Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering

0:57:280:57:32

# With love o'erfloweth

0:57:320:57:38

-# Thy word

-The child of man

0:57:380:57:44

-# Thy word

-Lo, to Bethlehem

0:57:440:57:50

-# Jesu

-The kings are travelling

0:57:500:57:56

# Travel with them

0:57:560:58:01

-# Inly feeds us

-The star of mercy, the star of grace

0:58:010:58:06

# Shall lead thy heart to its resting place

0:58:060:58:11

# Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring

0:58:110:58:17

-# Praise, O praise

-Offer thy heart to the infant King

0:58:170:58:24

# Such love o'erflowing

0:58:240:58:28

# Offer thy heart. #

0:58:280:58:40

UNISON: # A babe is born all of a may

0:58:590:59:04

# To bring salvation unto us

0:59:050:59:09

# To him we sing both night and day

0:59:100:59:13

-TREBLES:

-# Veni creator Spiritus

0:59:150:59:18

TENORS JOIN: # Veni creator Spiritus

0:59:180:59:20

BASSES JOIN: # Veni creator Spiritus

0:59:200:59:25

UNISON: # At Bethlehem, that blessed place

0:59:320:59:37

# The child of bliss now born he was

0:59:370:59:41

# And him to serve God give us grace

0:59:420:59:45

-TREBLES:

-# O lux beata Trinitas

0:59:470:59:50

TENORS JOIN: # O lux beata Trinitas

0:59:500:59:53

BASSES JOIN: # O lux beata Trinitas

0:59:530:59:57

-BASSES:

-# There came three kings out of the East

1:00:071:00:11

# To worship the King that is so free

1:00:131:00:18

# With gold and myrrh and frankincense

1:00:181:00:21

-BASSES:

-# A solis ortus cardine

1:00:221:00:24

TENORS JOIN: # A solis ortus cardine

1:00:241:00:26

TREBLES JOIN: # A solis ortus cardine

1:00:261:00:29

UNISON: # Cardine, cardine, cardine!

1:00:291:00:33

# The angels came down with one cry

1:00:341:00:42

# A fair song that night sung they

1:00:441:00:49

# In worship of that child

1:00:491:00:53

-TREBLES:

-# Gloria tibi Domine

1:00:571:01:00

TENORS JOIN: # Gloria tibi Domine

1:01:001:01:02

BASSES JOIN: # Gloria tibi Domine

1:01:021:01:05

# Gloria tibi Domine

1:01:051:01:07

# Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria!

1:01:071:01:12

# A babe is born all of a may

1:01:211:01:25

# To bring salvation unto us

1:01:261:01:31

# To him we sing both night and day

1:01:311:01:34

# Veni creator Spiritus

1:01:371:01:38

# Veni creator Spiritus

1:01:381:01:40

-# Veni creator Spiritus

-Veni creator Spiritus

1:01:401:01:42

-# Veni creator Spiritus

-Veni creator Spiritus

1:01:421:01:45

# Veni creator Spiritus!

1:01:451:01:48

# Noel! #

1:01:491:01:59

St John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation.

1:02:151:02:19

In the beginning was the Word

1:02:211:02:24

And the Word was with God

1:02:241:02:28

And the Word was God

1:02:281:02:29

The same was in the beginning with God

1:02:301:02:33

All things were made by him

1:02:351:02:38

And without him was not any thing made that was made

1:02:381:02:42

In him was life

1:02:441:02:45

And the life was the light of men

1:02:461:02:49

And the light shineth in darkness

1:02:501:02:53

And the darkness comprehended it not

1:02:531:02:56

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John

1:02:581:03:03

The same came for a witness

1:03:041:03:07

To bear witness of the light

1:03:071:03:10

That all men through him might believe

1:03:101:03:14

He was not that light

1:03:141:03:17

But was sent to bear witness of that light

1:03:171:03:22

That was the true light

1:03:221:03:24

Which lighteth every man that cometh into the world

1:03:241:03:28

He was in the world

1:03:291:03:32

And the world was made by him

1:03:321:03:35

And the world knew him not

1:03:351:03:37

He came unto his own

1:03:391:03:41

And his own received him not

1:03:411:03:43

But as many as received him

1:03:451:03:47

To them gave he power to become the sons of God

1:03:471:03:52

Even to them that believe on his name

1:03:521:03:56

Which were born, not of blood

1:03:561:03:59

Nor of the will of the flesh

1:03:591:04:02

Nor of the will of man, but of God

1:04:021:04:05

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us

1:04:071:04:12

And we beheld his glory

1:04:121:04:15

The glory as of the only begotten of the Father

1:04:151:04:18

Full of grace and truth.

1:04:181:04:21

Thanks be to God.

1:04:231:04:25

HARMONISING: # O magnum mysterium

1:04:301:04:40

# Et admirabile sacramentum

1:04:411:04:56

-# O magnum mysterium TENORS:

-Mysterium, mysterium

1:04:561:05:06

-# O magnum TENORS:

-Et admirabile

1:05:061:05:11

-# Mysterium TREBLES:

-# Et admirabile

1:05:111:05:15

UNISON: # Et admirabile sacramentum

1:05:151:05:24

-MEN:

-# Ut animalia

1:05:241:05:28

UNISON: # Ut animalia

1:05:281:05:32

# Viderent Dominum natum

1:05:321:05:39

-# Viderent Dominum natum

-Natum

1:05:391:05:47

-# Jacentem in praesepio

-In praesepio

1:05:471:05:54

# Jacentem in praesepio

1:05:541:05:58

-# Jacentem in praesepio

-In praesepio, in praesepio

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UNISON: # Jacentem in praesepio

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# O beata Virgine

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-# Cucuis viscera

-Viscera

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# Meiruerant portare dominum

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# Jesum Christum

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TREBLES AND TENORS: # Alleluia, alleluia

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BASSES JOIN: # Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

-Alleluia

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-# Allelu-u-uia!

-Alleluia

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-# Alle-lu-ia-a-a

-Alleluia

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UNISON: # Alleluia

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-# Alleluia

-Alleluia. #

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Christ, who by his incarnation

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Gathered into one things earthly and heavenly

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Fill you with peace and goodwill

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And make you partakers of the divine nature.

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The blessing of God Almighty

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The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

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Be among you and remain with you always.

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-ALL:

-Amen.

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ALL: # O come all ye faithful

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# Joyful and triumphant

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# O come ye

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# O come ye to Bethlehem

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# Come and behold him

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# Born the King of angels

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# O come, let us adore him!

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TENORS JOIN: # O come, let us adore him!

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ALL: # O come, let us adore him!

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# Christ the Lord!

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# God of God

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# Light of light

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# Lo! He abhors not the virgin's womb

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# Very God

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# Begotten, not created

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# O come, let us adore him!

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# O come, let us adore him!

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ALL: # O come, let us adore him

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# Christ the Lord!

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UNISON WITH DESCANT: # Sing, choirs of angels

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# Sing in exultation

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# Sing, all ye citizens

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# Of heav'n above

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# Glory to God in the highest

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-# O come, let us adore him!

-O come!

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-# O come, let us adore him!

-O come!

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-# O come, let us adore him

-Let us adore him

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# Christ the Lord!

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# Yea, Lord, we greet thee

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# Born this happy morning

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# Jesu, to thee be glory given

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# Word of the Father

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# Now in flesh appearing

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# O come, let us adore him

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# O come, let us adore him

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# O come, let us adore him

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# Christ the Lord! #

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A solo chorister sings Once In Royal David's City to begin the traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The world-famous choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sings a glorious selection of carols, including Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (Wilberg), The Holly and the Ivy, The Three Kings (Cornelius) and O Come All Ye Faithful.

The Christmas story is told in the words of the King James Bible and in poems by Rowan Williams, Charles Causley and UA Fanthorpe.