2011 Carols from King's


2011

A traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The famous Chapel choir sings carols including O Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Night.


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BIRDSONG

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-TREBLES:

-YELLOW

-TENORS:

-BLUE

-BASSES:

-GREEN

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-UNACCOMPANIED: #

-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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UNACCOMPANIED, HARMONY: # 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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ORGAN AND CONGREGATION JOIN IN: # 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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WITH DESCANT: # 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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Beloved in Christ, we gather this Christmas Eve

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to hear the message of Gabriel,

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to journey with the shepherds

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and with the magi to kneel in awe and adoration

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before the gift of the light of the world.

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In words and in music,

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we seek to understand and to marvel at the wonder of the incarnation.

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As we meet to offer our prayers and our praises to the Christ child,

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let us pray first for the needs of the world,

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for the poor, the hungry, the homeless,

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for the persecuted and for the bereaved.

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Let us, too, remember all those whom we have loved but see no longer,

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those whose lives have influenced and enriched our own

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and who now rejoice with us, but on another shore,

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and with a greater understanding.

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We pray that we may, this night, be so filled with the love of God

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that our lives may reflect the light of His glory

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and of His infinite compassion.

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# On Christmas night all Christians sing

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# To hear the news the angels bring

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MEN IN UNISON: # On Christmas night all Christians sing

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# To hear the news the angels bring

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-News of great joy, news of great mirth

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FULL, UNISON: # News of our merciful King's birth

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# Then why should men on earth be so sad

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# Since our Redeemer made us glad?

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-Then why should men on earth be so sad

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-Since our Redeemer made us glad?

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FULL, HARMONY: # When from our sin He set us free

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# All for to gain our liberty

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-When sin departs before His grace

-Ah, ah, ah

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-#

-Then life and health come in its place

-Ah, ah, ah

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-When sin departs before His grace

-Ah, ah, ah

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-Then life and health come in its place

-Ah, ah, ah

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-Angels and men with joy may sing

-Angels and men with joy may sing

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-All for to see the newborn King

-All for to see the King

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FULL, HIGHER PARTS "AH" # All out of darkness we have light

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# Which made the angels sing this night

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# All out of darkness we have light

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# Which made the angels sing this night

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HARMONY: # "Glory to God and peace to men

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# "Now and for evermore

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# "Amen." #

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UNACCOMPANIED, HARMONY: # In dulci jubilo

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# Let us our homage shew

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# Our heart's joy reclineth

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# In praesepio

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# And like a bright star shineth

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# Matris in gremio

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# Alpha es et O

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# Alpha es et O

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# O Jesu parvule

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# I yearn for thee alway

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# Listen to my ditty

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# O Puer optime

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# Have pity on me, pity

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# O Princeps gloriae

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# Trahe me post te

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# Trahe me post te

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-O Patris caritas

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O Patris caritas

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-O Nati lenitas

-O Nati lenitas

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-Deeply were we stained

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-Per nostra crimina

-Per nostra crimina

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-But thou hast for us gained

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-Coelorum gaudia

-Coelorum gaudia

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# O that we were there

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O that we were there

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# O that we were there

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# Ubi sunt gaudia

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Ubi sunt gaudia, where

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# Where, if they be not there?

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If they be not there?

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-#

-There are angels singing

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There are angels singing

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-#

-Nova cantica

-There are angels singing

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-#

-There the bells are ringing

-There the bells are ringing

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-In Regis curia

-In Regis curia

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-O that we were there

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O that we were there

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# There are angels singing

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There are angels singing

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# There the bells are ringing There are angels singing

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# The bells are ringing

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# In Regis curia

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# O that we were there

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# O that we were there. #

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St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

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And it came to pass, in those days, that there went out a decree

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from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

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And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

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And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,

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unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem - because he was of the house and lineage of David -

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to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

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And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,

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and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Thanks be to God.

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ORGAN INTRODUCTION

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-O little town of Bethlehem

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-How still we see thee lie

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-Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

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-The silent stars go by

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-Yet in thy dark streets shineth

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-The everlasting light

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-The hopes and fears of all the years

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-Are met in thee tonight

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-How silently, how silently

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-The wondrous gift is giv'n

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-So God imparts to human hearts

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-The blessings of His heav'n

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-No ear may hear His coming

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-But in this world of sin

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-Where meek souls will receive Him

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-Still the dear Christ enters in

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MEN JOIN IN: # O holy child of Bethlehem

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# Descend to us, we pray

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# Cast out our sin and enter in

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# Be born in us today

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# We hear the Christmas angels

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# The great glad tidings tell

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# O come to us, abide with us

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# Our Lord Emmanuel. #

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-Now the holly bears a berry

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-As white as the milk

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-And Mary bore Jesus

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-Who was wrapped up in silk

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-And Mary bore Jesus Christ

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-Our Saviour for to be

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-And the first tree in the greenwood

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-#

-It was the holly

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-Holly, holly

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-And the first tree in the greenwood

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-It was the holly

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MEN IN UNISON: # Now the holly bears a berry

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# As green as the grass

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# And Mary bore Jesus

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# Who died on the cross

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UNACCOMPANIED, HARMONY: # And Mary bore Jesus Christ

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# Our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly

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MEN IN UNISON: # Now the holly bears a berry

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# As black as the coal

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# And Mary bore Jesus

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# Who died for us all

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UNACCOMPANIED, OTHER PARTS SING "AH": # And Mary bore Jesus Christ

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# Our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly

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FULL, UNISON: # Now the holly bears a berry

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# As blood is it red

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# And trust we our Saviour

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# Who rose from the dead

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HARMONY: # And Mary bore Jesus Christ

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# Our Saviour for to be

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OTHER PARTS SING "AH": # And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the greenwood

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# It was the holly. #

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The Elizabethan poet, Robert Southwell,

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contemplates the paradoxes of the Nativity.

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Behold the father is his daughter's son,

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The bird that built the nest is hatched therein,

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The old of years an hour hath not outrun,

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Eternal life to live doth now begin,

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The Word is dumb, the mirth of heaven doth weep,

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Might feeble is, and force doth faintly creep.

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Gift better than Himself, God doth not know.

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Gift better than his God, no man can see;

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This gift doth here the giver given bestow,

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Gift to this gift let each receiver be:

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God is my gift, Himself He freely gave me,

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God's gift am I, and none but God shall have me.

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Man alter'd was by sin from man to beast;

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Beast's food is hay, hay is all mortal flesh;

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Now God is flesh, and lies in manger press'd,

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As hay the brutest sinner to refresh:

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Oh happy field wherein this fodder grew,

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Whose taste doth us from beasts to men renew!

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-UNACCOMPANIED: #

-Silent night

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-Holy night

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-All is calm

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All is calm

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-All is bright

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All is bright

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-#

-Round yon virgin

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Round yon virgin

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-Mother and child

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Mother and child

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-Holy infant, so tender and mild

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Holy infant, so tender and mild

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FULL, HARMONY: # Sleep in heavenly peace

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# Sleep in heavenly peace

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# Silent night

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Silent night

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# Holy night

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Holy night

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# Shepherds first saw the light

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# Glories stream from heaven afar

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# Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

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# Christ, the Saviour is born

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# Christ, the Saviour is born

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# Silent night

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# Holy night

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# Son of God

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# Love's pure light

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# Radiant beams from Thy holy face

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# With the dawn of redeeming grace

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# Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

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# Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. #

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# Angels from the realms of glory

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# Wing your flight o'er all the earth

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# Ye who sang creation's story Now proclaim Messiah's birth

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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-Shepherds in the field abiding

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-Watching o'er your flocks by night

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-God with man is now residing

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-Yonder shines the infant light

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Sages, leave your contemplation

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# Brighter visions beam afar

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# Seek the great desire of nations

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# Ye have seen His natal star

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FULL: # Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Though an infant, now we knew Him

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# He shall fill His father's throne

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# Gather all the nations to Him

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# Every knee shall then bow down

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo. #

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The shepherds go to the manger.

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,

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keeping watch over their flock by night.

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And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;

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and they were sore afraid.

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And the angel said unto them,

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"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

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"which shall be to all people.

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"For unto you is born this day

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"in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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"And this shall be a sign unto you -

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"ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

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And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host

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praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."

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And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,

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the shepherds said one to another,

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"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,

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"and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

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And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph,

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and the babe lying in a manger.

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Thanks be to God.

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# We stood on the hills, Lady

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# Our day's work done

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# Watching the frosted meadows

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# That winter had won

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MEN: Calm

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# Calm

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# The evening was calm, Lady Calm, calm

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# The air so still

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# Silence more lovely than music

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Silence

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# Folded the hill Silence

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ALL HUM

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# There was a star, Lady

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# Shone in the night

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# Larger than Venus it was

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# And bright, so bright

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# Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady

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# It seemed to us then

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# Telling of God being born Of God being born

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# In the world of men Lady, Lady

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ALL HUM

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# And so we have come, Lady

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# Our day's work done

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MEN AND TREBLES: # Our love, our hopes, ourselves

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# We give to your Son Lady, Lady

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ALL HUM

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ALL HUM FINAL SUSTAINED NOTE

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# Blessed be that maid Mary

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# Born He was of her body

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# Very God ere time began

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# Born in time the Son of man

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# Eya! Jesus hodie

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# Natus est de Virgine

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# In a manger of an ass

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# Jesu lay and lulled was

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# Born to die upon the tree

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# Pro peccante homine

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# Eya! Jesus hodie

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# Natus est de Virgine

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# Sweet and blissful was the song

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# Chanted of the angel throng

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# Peace on earth, Alleluia!

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# In excelsis gloria

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# Eya! Jesus hodie

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# Natus est de Virgine

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# Fare three kings from far-off land

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# Incense, gold and myrrh in hand

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# In Bethlehem, the babe they see

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# Staellae ducti lumine

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# Eya! Jesus hodie

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# Natus est de Virgine

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# Make we merry on this fest

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# In quo Christus natus est

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-# On this child, I pray you, call

-I pray you call

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-# To assoil and save us all

-And save us all

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# Eya! Jesus hodie

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# Natus est de Virgine. #

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ORGAN INTRODUCTION

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UNISON: # While shepherds watched their flocks by night

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# All seated on the ground

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# The angel of the Lord came down

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# And glory shone around

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# "Fear not", said he

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# For mighty dread

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# Had seized their troubled mind

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# "Glad tidings of great joy I bring

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# "To you and all mankind

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# "To you in David's town this day

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# "Is born of David's line

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# "A Saviour who is Christ the Lord

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# "And this shall be the sign

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# "The heavenly babe you there shall find

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# "To human view displayed

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# "All meanly wrapped in swathing bands

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# "And in a manger laid"

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WITH DESCANT: # "All glory be to God on high

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# "And to the earth be peace

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# "Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men

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# "Begin and never cease!

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# "And never cease!" #

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The contemporary poet, UA Fanthorpe,

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contemplates the night that changed the world.

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This was the moment when Before turned into After

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and the future's uninvented timekeepers presented arms.

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This was the moment when nothing happened.

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Only dull peace sprawled boringly over the earth.

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This was the moment when even energetic Romans

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could find nothing better to do

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than counting heads in remote provinces.

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And this was the moment when a few farm workers

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and three members of an obscure Persian sect

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walked haphazard by starlight

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straight into the kingdom of heaven.

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-#

-Three kings from Persian lands afar

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How brightly shines the morning star

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-To Jordan follow the pointing star

-How brightly shines the morning star

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-And this the quest of the travellers three

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With grace and truth from heav'n afar

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-Where the newborn King of the Jews may be

-With grace and truth from heav'n afar

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-Full royal gifts they bear for the King

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Our Jesse tree now bloweth

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-Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering

-Our Jesse tree now bloweth

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-The star shines out with a steadfast ray

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Of Jacob's stem and David's line

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-The kings to Bethlehem make their way

-Of Jacob's stem and David's line

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-And there in worship they bend the knee

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For Thee, my Bridegroom, King divine

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-As Mary's child in her lap they see

-For Thee, my Bridegroom, King divine

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-Their royal gifts they show to the King

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My soul with love o'erfloweth

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-Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering

-My soul with love o'erfloweth

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# Thy word

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Thou child of man

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-# Thy word

-Lo, to Bethlehem

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# Jesu

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The kings are travelling

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# Jesu

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Travel with them

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# Inly feeds us

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The star of mercy, the star of grace

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-# Rightly leads us

-Shall lead thy heart to its resting place

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-# Life bestowing

-Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring

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-Praise, O praise

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Offer thy heart to the infant King

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-# Praise, O praise

-Offer thy heart to the infant King

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# Such love o'erflowing

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-Offer thy heart!

-#

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# Lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay

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# Oh, sisters too

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# How may we do

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# For to preserve this day?

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# This poor youngling

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# For whom we do sing

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay

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# Herod the king, in his raging

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# Charged he hath this day

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# His men of might

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# In his own sight

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# All young children to slay

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# That woe is me

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# Poor child for thee

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# And ever morn and day

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# For thy parting

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# Neither say nor sing

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay

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# Lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye, bye, lully, lullay. #

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The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.

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Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea

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in the days of Herod, the king,

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behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

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

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"For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him."

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When Herod, the king, had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

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And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together,

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he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

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And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judaea;

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"for thus it is written by the prophet,

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"'And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

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"'art not the least among the princes of Judah;

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"'for out of thee shall come a governor

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"'that shall rule my people, Israel.'"

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

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inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

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And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said,

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"Go and search diligently for the young child;

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

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"that I may come and worship him also."

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When they had heard the king, they departed;

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

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till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

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And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary, His mother,

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and fell down, and worshipped Him;

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and when they had opened their treasures,

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they presented unto Him gifts:

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gold, and frankincense,

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and myrrh.

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And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod,

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they departed into their own country another way.

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Thanks be to God.

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# "When He is King we will give Him the King's gifts

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# "Myrrh for its sweetness and gold for a crown

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# "Beautiful robes", said the young girl to Joseph

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# Fair with her first-born on Bethlehem Down

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# Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight

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# Winds for the spices and stars for the gold

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# Mary for sleep and for lullaby music

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# Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold

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# When He is King they will clothe Him in gravesheets

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# Myrrh for embalming and wood for a crown

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# He that lies now in the white arms of Mary

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# Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down

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# Here He has peace and a short while for dreaming

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# Close-huddled oxen to keep Him from cold

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# Mary for love and for lullaby music

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# Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold. #

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ORGAN INTRODUCTION

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UNISON: # The first nowell the angel did say

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# Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

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# In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

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# On a cold winter's night that was so deep

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# Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell

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# Born is the King of Israel

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HARMONY: # They looked up and saw a star

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# Shining in the east

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# Beyond them far

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# And to the earth

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# It gave great light

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# And so it continued

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# Both day and night

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# Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell

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# Born is the King of Israel

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UNACCOMPANIED, TENORS SING TUNE: # Then enter'd in those Wise Men three

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# Full rev'rently upon their knee

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# And offer'd there in His presence

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# Their gold and myrrh and frankincense

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WITH ORGAN AND DESCANT: # Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell

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# Born is the King of Israel

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UNISON: # Then let us all with one accord

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# Sing praises to our heavenly Lord

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# That hath made heaven and earth of naught

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# And with His blood mankind hath bought

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WITH DESCANT: # Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell

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# Born is the King of Israel. #

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TS Eliot on the importance of approaching Christmas

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with innocence and wonder.

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There are several attitudes towards Christmas,

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Some of which we may disregard:

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The social, the torpid, the patently commercial,

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The rowdy (the pubs being open till midnight),

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And the childish - which is not that of the child

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For whom the candle is a star, and the gilded angel

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Spreading its wings at the summit of the tree

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Is not only a decoration, but an angel.

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The child wonders at the Christmas Tree:

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Let him continue in the spirit of wonder

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At the Feast as an event not accepted as a pretext;

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So that the glittering rapture, the amazement

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Of the first-remembered Christmas Tree,

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So that the surprises, delight in new possessions

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(Each one with its peculiar and exciting smell),

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The expectation of the goose or turkey

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And the expected awe on its appearance,

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So that the reverence and the gaiety

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May not be forgotten in later experience,

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In the bored habituation, the fatigue, the tedium,

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The awareness of death, the consciousness of failure,

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Or in the piety of the convert

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Which may be tainted with a self-conceit

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Displeasing to God and disrespectful to the children

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(And here I remember also with gratitude St Lucy, her carol, and her crown of fire):

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So that before the end, the eightieth Christmas

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(By "eightieth" meaning whichever is the last)

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The accumulated memories of annual emotion

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May be concentrated into a great joy

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Which shall be also a great fear, as on the occasion

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When fear came upon every soul:

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Because the beginning shall remind us of the end

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And the first coining of the second coming.

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UNISON: # I wonder as I wander

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# Out under the sky

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HARMONY: # How Jesus the Saviour

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# Did come for to die

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# For poor on'ry people like you and like I

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# I wonder

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# As I wander

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# Out under the sky

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UNISON: # When Mary birthed Jesus

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# 'Twas in a cow's stall

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HARMONY: # With wise men and farmers

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# And shepherds and all

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# But high from the heavens a star's light did fall

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# And promise

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# Of ages

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# It then did recall

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UNISON: # If Jesus had wanted

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# For any wee thing

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HARMONY: # A star in the sky

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# Or a bird on the wing

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# Or all of God's angels in heaven for to sing

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# He surely

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# Could have it

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# 'Cause He was the King. #

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# On this day earth shall ring

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# With the song children sing

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# To the Son, Christ the King

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# Born on earth to save us

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# Him the Father gave us

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# Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o,

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# Id-e-o, gloria in excelsis Deo!

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# God's bright star, o'er His head

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# Wise Men three to Him led

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# Kneel they low by His bed

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# Lay their gifts before Him

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# Praise Him and adore Him

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# Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o

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# Id-e-o, gloria in excelsis Deo!

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# On this day angels sing

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# With their song earth shall ring

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# Praising Christ, heaven's King

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# Born on earth to save us

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# Peace and love He gave us

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# Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o

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# Id-e-o, gloria in excelsis Deo! #

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St John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation.

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,

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and the Word was God.

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The same was in the beginning with God.

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All things were made by Him;

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and without Him was not anything made that was made.

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In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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And the light shineth in darkness;

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and the darkness comprehended it not.

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

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The same came for a witness, to bear witness of that Light,

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that all men through him might believe.

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He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

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That was the true Light,

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which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

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He was in the world,

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and the world was made by Him,

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and the world knew Him not.

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He came unto His own,

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and His own received Him not.

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But as many as received Him,

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to them gave He power to become the sons of God,

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even to them that believe on His name;

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which were born, not of blood,

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nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,

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but of God.

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And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us -

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and we beheld His glory,

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the glory as of the only begotten of the Father -

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full of grace and truth.

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Thanks be to God.

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-LOWER PARTS HUM #

-O holy night

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-#

-The stars are brightly shining

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-#

-It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth

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-#

-Long lay the world

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-#

-In sin and error pining

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-#

-Till He appeared

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-#

-And the soul felt its worth

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-#

-A thrill of hope

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-#

-The weary world rejoices

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-#

-For yonder breaks

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-#

-A new and glorious morn

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-LOWER PARTS "AH" #

-Fall on your knees

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-#

-Oh, hear the angel voices

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-#

-O night divine

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O night divine

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# O night when Christ was born

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O night when Christ was born

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-#

-O night divine

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-#

-O night divine

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O night divine

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-# O night divine

-O night, O night divine

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MEN IN UNISON: # Led by the light

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-# Of faith serenely beaming HARMONY:

-A-a-ah

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# With glowing hearts

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-# By His cradle we stand

-A-a-ah

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# By His cradle we stand

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# So, led by light

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Ah

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-# Of a star sweetly gleaming

-A-a-ah

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# Here came the wise men from the Orient land

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A-a-ah

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# The Orient land

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# The King of Kings

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The King of Kings

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# Lay thus in lowly manger

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Lay in lowly manger

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-# In all our trials

-Lay in lowly manger

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# Born to be our friend

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Our friend

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# He knows our need

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A-a-ah

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# To our weakness no stranger

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A-a-ah

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# Behold your King

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Behold, behold your King

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# Before Him lowly bend

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Before Him lowly bend

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-#

-Behold your King

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Behold

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-# Your King #

-Behold your king

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-#

-Before Him bend

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Before Him bend

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FULL, HARMONY: # Truly He taught us

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# To love one another

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# His law is love and His Gospel is peace

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# Chains shall He break

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# For the slave is our brother

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# And in His name

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# All oppression shall cease

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# Sweet hymns of joy

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# In grateful chorus raise we

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# Let all within us

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# Praise His holy name

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# Christ is the Lord

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# Then ever, ever praise we

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# His power and glory

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# Ever, evermore proclaim

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-#

-His power and glory

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His power and glory

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# Ever, evermore proclaim. #

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Eternal God, who made this most holy night

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to shine with the brightness of Thy one true light,

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bring us who have known the revelation of that light on earth

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to see the radiance of Thy heavenly glory,

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through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord,

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who liveth and reigneth with Thee

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in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

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one God, now and for ever.

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ALL: Amen.

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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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And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

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be amongst you and remain with you always.

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ALL: Amen.

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ALL: # Hark! the herald angels sing

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# Glory to the newborn King!

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# Peace on earth and mercy mild

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# God and sinners reconciled

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# Joyful, all ye nations rise

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# Join the triumph of the skies

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# With th'angelic host proclaim

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# Christ is born in Bethlehem

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# Hark! the herald angels sing

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# Glory to the newborn King!

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# Christ, by highest heaven adored

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# Christ the everlasting Lord

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# Late in time behold Him come

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# Offspring of a virgin's womb

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# Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

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# Hail the incarnate Deity

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# Pleased as man with man to dwell

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# Jesus, our Emmanuel

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# Hark! the herald angels sing

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# Glory to the newborn King!

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WITH DESCANT: # Hail! the heaven-born Prince of Peace

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# Hail! the Sun of Righteousness

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# Light and life to all He brings

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# Risen with healing in His wings

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# Mild, He lays His glory by

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# Born that man no more may die

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# Born to raise the sons of earth

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# Born to give them second birth

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# Hark! the herald angels sing

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-#

-Glory to the newborn King

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Glory to the newborn King! #

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The traditional celebration of the Nativity from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, begins with a solo choirboy singing Once In Royal David's City and marks the real start of Christmas for people all over the United Kingdom.

The story of Christ's birth is told in the well-loved words of the King James' Bible and Christmas poems by Robert Southwell, U. A. Fanthorpe and T. S. Eliot. The famous Chapel choir under the direction of Stephen Cleobury sings carols old and new, including such favourites as O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, In Dulci Jubilo, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Bethlehem Down, and many others.


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