24/12/2012 Carols from King's


24/12/2012

Stephen Cleobury conducts the traditional celebration of Christmas at the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, featuring a mix of carols old and new.


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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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IN UNISON 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,

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we gather this Christmas Eve

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to hear the message of Gabriel,

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to journey with the shepherds and with the magi

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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, we seek to understand

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and to marvel at the wonder of the Incarnation.

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As we meet to offer our praises and our prayers 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,

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but on another shore 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

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the light of His glory and of His infinite compassion.

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ORGAN PLAYS INTRODUCTION

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# Good Christian men, rejoice

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# With heart and soul and voice

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# Give ye heed to what we say

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# Jesus Christ is born today

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# Ox and ass before Him bow

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# And He is in the manger now

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# Christ is born today

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# Christ is born today

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# Good Christian men, rejoice

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# With heart and soul and voice

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# Now ye hear of endless bliss

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# Jesus Christ was born for this

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# He hath open'd the Heav'nly door

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# And man is blessed evermore

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# Christ was born for this

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# Christ was born for this

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# Christ was born for this

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# Christ was born for this

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# Good Christian men, rejoice

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# With heart and soul and voice

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# Now ye need not fear the grave

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# Jesus Christ was born to save

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# Calls you one and calls you all

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# To gain His everlasting hall

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# Christ was born, was born to save

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# Christ was born to save! #

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The Angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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And in the sixth month,

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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,

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"Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God.

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"And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son,

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"and shalt call His name Jesus.

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"He shall be great, 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 forever,

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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,

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"thy cousin Elisabeth, 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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# The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came

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# His wings as drifted snow

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# His eyes as flame

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# All hail to thee

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# O lowly maiden Mary

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# Most highly favoured lady

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# Gloria

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# For know a blessed mother thou shalt be

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# All generations laud and honour thee

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# Thy son shall be Emmanuel by seers foretold

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# Most highly favoured lady

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# Gloria

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# Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head

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# "To me be as it pleaseth God," she said

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# "My soul shall laud and magnify His holy name"

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# Most highly favoured lady

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# Gloria

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# Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born

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# In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn

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# And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say

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# Most highly favoured lady

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# Gloria! #

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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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-# When He was first her son, good man

-LOWER PARTS: A-a-ah

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-# And blessed may He be

-A-a-ah

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-# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

-A-a-ah

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-# To all eternity

-A-a-ah

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-# The next good joy that Mary had

-A-a-ah

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-# It was the joy of two

-A-a-ah

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-# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

-A-a-ah

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-# To make the lame to go

-A-a-ah

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-# To make the lame to go, good man

-A-a-ah

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-# And blessed may He be

-A-a-ah

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-# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

-A-a-ah

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-# To all eternity

-A-a-ah

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-# The next good joy that Mary had

-ALTOS AND BASSES: A-a-ah

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-# It was the joy of three

-A-a-ah

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-# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

-A-a-ah

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-# To make the blind to see

-A-a-ah

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-# To make the blind to see, good man

-A-a-ah

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-# And blessed may He be

-A-a-ah

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-# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

-A-a-ah

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-# To all eternity

-A-a-ah

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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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ALL: # 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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# 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

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# To bring the dead alive, 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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ALL: # The next good joy that Mary had

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# It was the joy of six

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-# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

-To see her own son, Jesus Christ

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# Upon the crucifix

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# Upon the crucifix, good man

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# And blessed may He be

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-# Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

-Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity

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-# The next good joy that Mary had

-A-a-ah

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-# It was the joy of sev'n

-A-a-ah

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-# To see her own son, Jesus Christ

-A-a-ah

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-# To wear the crown of Heav'n

-A-a-ah

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# To wear the crown of Heav'n, good man

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# And blessed may He be

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-# Both Father and Son and Holy Ghost

-Both Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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# To all eternity. #

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Rainer Maria Rilke marvels at the power released

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when Gabriel and Mary meet.

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Not that an angel entered - mark this - was she startled.

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Like as others start when a ray of sun

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or the moon by night busies itself about their room

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would she have been disturbed by the shape in which an angel went.

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She scarcely guessed that this sojourn is irksome for angels.

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O if we knew how pure she was.

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Did not a hind, that, recumbent, once espied her in the wood,

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so lose itself in looking that in it, quite without pairing,

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the unicorn begot itself,

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the creature of light,

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the pure creature.

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Not that he entered,

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but that he, the Angel, bent so close to her a youth's face

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that his gaze and that with which she looked up struck together,

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as though outside it were suddenly all empty

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and what millions saw, did, bore were crowded into them,

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just she and he,

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seeing and what is seen,

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eye and eye's delight

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nowhere else save at this spot.

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Lo, this is startling.

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And they were startled both.

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Then the Angel sang his melody.

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# I sing of a maiden

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# That is makeless

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# King of all kings

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# To her son she ches

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# He came all so still

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# Where His mother was

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# As dew in April

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# That falleth on the grass

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# He came all so 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 flower

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# He came all so still

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# Where His mother lay

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# As dew in April

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# That falleth on the spray

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# 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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# 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 is riv'n

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# With angels singing

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-ALTOS: Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-Glo-o-o-ria

-Glo-o-o-ria

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ALL: # Hosanna in excelsis

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MEN IN UNISON: # E'en so here below, below

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# Let steeple bells be swungen

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

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# By priest and people sungen

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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-# Glo-o-o-ria

-Glo-o-o-ria

-Glo-o-o-ria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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# Pray you, dutifully prime

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# Your matin chime, ye ringers

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MEN IN UNISON: # May you beautifully rhyme

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# Your evetime song, ye singers

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria gloria, gloria

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# Hosanna in excelsis

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# Glo-o-o-ria

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# Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria gloria, gloria

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# Hosanna in excelsis. #

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ALL: # It came upon the midnight clear

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# That glorious song of old

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# From angels bending near the Earth

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# To touch their harps of gold

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# Peace on the Earth

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# Goodwill to men

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# From Heaven's all-gracious King

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# The world in solemn stillness lay

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# To hear the angels sing

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# Still through the cloven skies they come

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# With peaceful wings unfurled

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# And still their Heavenly music floats

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# O'er all the weary world

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# Above its sad and lowly plains

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# They bend on hovering wing

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# And ever o'er its Babel sounds

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# The blessed angels sing

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# Yet with the woes of sin and strife

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# The world has suffered long

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# Beneath the angel-strain have rolled

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# 2,000 years of wrong

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# And man, at war with man, hears not

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# The love song which they bring

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# O hush the noise, ye men of strife

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# And hear the angels sing

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IN UNISON WITH DESCANT: # For lo, the days are hastening on

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# By prophet bards foretold

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# When with the ever-circling years

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# Comes round the age of gold

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# When peace shall over all the Earth

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# Its ancient splendours fling

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# And all the world give back the song

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# Which now the angels sing. #

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St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

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And it came to pass, in those days,

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that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus

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that all the world should be taxed.

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

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And Joseph also went up from Galilee,

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out of the city of Nazareth,

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into Judaea, unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem -

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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,

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the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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And she brought forth her first-born son,

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and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,

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and laid him in a manger,

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because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Thanks be to God.

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ALL, HARMONY: # Joseph was an old man

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# And an old man was he

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# When he wedded Mary

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# In the land of Galilee

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-SOLO:

-# Joseph and Mary

-CHOIR: A-a-ah

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-# Walk'd through an orchard good

-A-a-ah, a-a-ah

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# Where was cherries and berries

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-# So red as any blood

-A-a-ah

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-SEMI-CHORUS:

-# O then bespoke Mary

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# So meek and oh, so mild

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-SOLO:

-# "Pluck me one cherry, Joseph

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# "For I am with child"

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-MEN: # O then bespoke Joseph

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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-# With words most unkind

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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-# "Let Him pluck thee a cherry

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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-# "That brought thee with child"

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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# A-a-ah

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ALL, HARMONY: # O then bespoke the baby

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-# Within His mother's womb

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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-# "Bow down then the tallest tree

-A-a-ah

-A-ah

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-# "For my mother to have some"

-A-a-ah

-A-a-ah

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LOWER PARTS: # A-a-ah

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-SEMI-CHORUS:

-# Then bowed down the highest tree

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# Unto His mother's hand

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# Then she cried

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-SOLO:

-# "See, Joseph, I have cherries at command"

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# O then bespoke Joseph

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# "I have done Mary wrong

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# "But cheer up, my dearest

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# "And be ye not cast down"

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-# Then Mary plucked a cherry

-A-a-ah

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-# As red as any blood

-A-a-ah

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ALL, HARMONY: # Then Mary went she homewards

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# All with her heavy load. #

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UNACCOMPANIED HARMONY: # Away in a manger

0:32:060:32:11

# No crib for a bed

0:32:110:32:17

# The little Lord Jesus

0:32:170:32:22

# Laid down His sweet head

0:32:220:32:27

# The stars in the bright sky

0:32:270:32:32

# Looked down where He lay

0:32:320:32:37

# The little Lord Jesus

0:32:370:32:44

# Asleep on the hay

0:32:440:32:50

# The cattle are lowing

0:32:520:32:58

# The baby awakes

0:32:580:33:03

# But little Lord Jesus

0:33:030:33:08

# No crying He makes

0:33:080:33:14

# I love Thee, Lord Jesus

0:33:140:33:19

# Look down from the sky

0:33:190:33:24

# And stay by my side

0:33:240:33:30

# Until morning is nigh

0:33:300:33:38

# Be near me, Lord Jesus

0:33:400:33:46

# I ask Thee to stay

0:33:460:33:52

# Close by me forever

0:33:520:33:57

# And love me, I pray

0:33:570:34:03

# Bless all the dear children

0:34:030:34:08

# In Thy tender care

0:34:080:34:14

# And fit us for Heaven

0:34:140:34:20

# To live with Thee there. #

0:34:200:34:28

The birth of Christ is heralded

0:34:390:34:41

By the crowing of the cockerel, Chanticleer

0:34:410:34:44

All this night shrill Chanticleer

0:34:470:34:50

Day's proclaiming trumpeter

0:34:500:34:52

Claps his wings, and loudly cries

0:34:520:34:56

"Mortals! Mortals! Wake and rise!

0:34:560:35:00

"See a wonder Heaven is under

0:35:000:35:03

"From the Earth is risen a sun

0:35:030:35:06

"Shines all night, though day be done

0:35:060:35:09

"Wake, o Earth, wake everything

0:35:100:35:13

"Wake and hear the joy I bring

0:35:130:35:16

"Wake and joy, for all this night

0:35:160:35:19

"Heaven and every twinkling light

0:35:190:35:23

"All amazing, still stand gazing

0:35:230:35:26

"Angels, powers, and all that be

0:35:270:35:30

"Wake and joy, this sun to see"

0:35:300:35:34

Hail, o sun, o blessed light

0:35:350:35:39

Sent into the world by night

0:35:390:35:41

Let thy rays and Heavenly powers shine

0:35:420:35:45

In these dark souls of ours

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For most duly

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Thou art truly God and man

0:35:520:35:54

We do confess

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Hail, o sun of righteousness.

0:35:570:36:00

# Three angels came to visit me

0:36:140:36:17

# And brought with them such riches to see

0:36:170:36:21

# Before mine eyes these gifts they did show

0:36:210:36:24

# In dulci

0:36:240:36:25

# In dulci dulci

0:36:250:36:27

# Dulci jubilo

0:36:270:36:30

# The first to me did turn and say

0:36:340:36:37

# "Have faith for God this very day

0:36:370:36:40

# "A child will bring this Earth to bless

0:36:400:36:43

# "Mirabile

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# "Mirabile

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# "Miranda res"

0:36:470:36:49

# In time, the next did sing hereto

0:36:540:36:57

# "Rejoice for hope is born anew

0:36:570:37:01

# "All sorrow now at once dispel

0:37:010:37:05

# "Natus Emmanuel

0:37:050:37:06

# "Natus Emmanuel

0:37:060:37:08

-# "Natus Emmanuel

-# "Natus Emmanuel

0:37:080:37:10

# "Natus Emmanuel

0:37:100:37:11

# "Natus Emmanuel"

0:37:110:37:15

# Did then the third proclaim above

0:37:190:37:22

# "All things on Earth are ruled by love

0:37:220:37:26

# "For loving hearts are hearts well blessed

0:37:270:37:29

# "For loving hearts are hearts well blessed

0:37:290:37:31

# "Are hearts well blessed

0:37:310:37:33

# "In quo Christus

0:37:330:37:35

# "In quo Christus natus est"

0:37:360:37:40

# Oh, may these gifts fore'er be mine

0:37:450:37:49

# New faith, new hope, new love divine

0:37:490:37:53

# All happiness will now ensure

0:37:550:37:59

# Gaudeamus

0:37:590:38:01

# Gaudeamus

0:38:010:38:03

# Gaudeamus igitur

0:38:030:38:08

# All men should know that by their side

0:38:110:38:14

# Are angels there to teach and to guide

0:38:140:38:18

# Then look to them and hear them sing

0:38:200:38:24

# "Hallelujah to the King

0:38:240:38:26

# "Hallelujah to the King

0:38:260:38:27

# "Hallelujah to the King

0:38:270:38:30

# "Hallelujah

0:38:300:38:32

# "Hallelujah

0:38:320:38:33

# "Hallelujah

0:38:330:38:35

# "Hallelujah

0:38:350:38:36

# "Hallelujah to the King!" #

0:38:360:38:42

# God rest you merry, gentlemen

0:39:030:39:07

# Let nothing you dismay

0:39:070:39:10

# For Jesus Christ our Saviour

0:39:100:39:14

# Was born upon this day

0:39:140:39:18

# To save us all from Satan's power

0:39:180:39:22

# When we were gone astray

0:39:220:39:26

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:39:260:39:31

# Comfort and joy

0:39:310:39:34

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:39:340:39:42

# From God our Heavenly Father

0:39:430:39:47

# A blessed angel came

0:39:470:39:51

# And unto certain shepherds

0:39:510:39:55

# Brought tidings of the same

0:39:550:39:59

# How that in Bethlehem was born

0:39:590:40:03

# The Son of God by name

0:40:030:40:06

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:40:060:40:12

# Comfort and joy

0:40:120:40:14

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:40:140:40:22

# The shepherds at those tidings

0:40:240:40:28

# Rejoiced much in mind

0:40:280:40:31

# And left their flocks a-feeding

0:40:310:40:36

# In tempest, storm and wind

0:40:360:40:40

# And went to Bethlehem straightway

0:40:400:40:44

# This blessed babe to find

0:40:440:40:47

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:40:470:40:53

# Comfort and joy

0:40:530:40:56

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:40:560:41:04

# But when to Bethlehem they came

0:41:060:41:10

# Whereat this infant lay

0:41:100:41:13

# They found him in a manger

0:41:130:41:18

# Where oxen feed on hay

0:41:180:41:22

# His mother Mary, kneeling

0:41:220:41:26

# Unto the Lord did pray

0:41:260:41:29

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:41:290:41:35

# Comfort and joy

0:41:350:41:37

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:41:370:41:45

# Now to the Lord sing praises

0:41:470:41:51

# All you within this place

0:41:510:41:55

# And with true love and brotherhood

0:41:550:41:59

# Each other now embrace

0:41:590:42:03

# The holy tide of Christmas

0:42:030:42:07

# All others doth efface

0:42:070:42:11

# O tidings of comfort and joy

0:42:110:42:17

# Comfort and joy

0:42:170:42:19

# O tidings of comfort and joy! #

0:42:190:42:27

The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.

0:42:420:42:46

Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,

0:42:480:42:52

in the days of Herod the King,

0:42:520:42:54

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

0:42:540:43:00

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

0:43:000:43:05

"For we have seen his star in the East,

0:43:050:43:08

"and are come to worship him."

0:43:080:43:09

When Herod the King had heard these things,

0:43:110:43:14

he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

0:43:140:43:17

And when he had gathered all the chief priests

0:43:190:43:21

and scribes of the people together,

0:43:210:43:24

he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

0:43:240:43:27

And they said unto him,

0:43:290:43:31

"In Bethlehem of Judea,

0:43:310:43:33

"for thus it is written by the prophet.

0:43:330:43:35

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

0:43:370:43:40

"art not the least among the princes of Judah.

0:43:400:43:44

"For out of thee shall come a governor

0:43:440:43:47

"that shall rule my people, Israel."

0:43:470:43:49

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

0:43:510:43:55

enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

0:43:550:43:58

And he sent them to Bethlehem,

0:44:000:44:02

and said,

0:44:020:44:04

"Go, and search diligently for the young child,

0:44:040:44:08

"and when ye have found Him,

0:44:080:44:10

"bring me word again,

0:44:100:44:12

"that I may come and worship Him also."

0:44:120:44:14

When they had heard the King, they departed.

0:44:160:44:19

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

0:44:190:44:25

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

0:44:250:44:28

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

0:44:290:44:33

..and when they were come into the house,

0:44:340:44:37

they saw the young child with Mary, His mother,

0:44:370:44:41

and fell down,

0:44:410:44:42

and worshipped him.

0:44:420:44:44

And when they had opened their treasures,

0:44:460:44:48

they presented unto him gifts -

0:44:480:44:51

gold and frankincense and myrrh.

0:44:510:44:55

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

0:44:570:45:02

they departed into their own country another way.

0:45:020:45:05

Thanks be to God.

0:45:070:45:08

# We three kings of Orient are

0:45:210:45:25

# Bearing gifts we traverse afar

0:45:250:45:28

# Field and fountain, moor and mountain

0:45:280:45:32

# Following yonder star

0:45:320:45:35

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:45:350:45:39

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:45:390:45:43

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:45:430:45:47

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:45:470:45:52

# Born a King on Bethlehem plain

0:45:520:45:55

# Gold I bring, to crown him again

0:45:550:45:59

# King for ever, ceasing never

0:45:590:46:03

# Over us all to reign

0:46:030:46:06

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:46:060:46:11

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:46:110:46:15

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:46:150:46:19

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:46:190:46:23

# Frankincense to offer have I

0:46:230:46:27

# Incense owns a Deity nigh

0:46:270:46:31

# Prayer and praising all men raising

0:46:310:46:35

# Worship Him, God most high

0:46:350:46:39

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:46:390:46:43

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:46:430:46:47

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:46:470:46:52

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:46:520:46:56

# Myrrh is mine

0:46:570:46:58

# Its bitter perfume

0:46:580:47:00

# Breathes a life of gathering gloom

0:47:000:47:04

# Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying

0:47:040:47:11

# Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

0:47:110:47:15

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:47:150:47:19

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:47:190:47:24

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:47:240:47:28

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:47:280:47:33

# Glorious now, behold Him arise

0:47:330:47:37

# King, and God, and sacrifice

0:47:370:47:41

# Heav'n sings alleluya

0:47:410:47:45

# Alleluya, the Earth replies

0:47:450:47:49

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:47:490:47:54

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:47:540:47:59

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:47:590:48:03

# Guide us to thy perfect light. #

0:48:030:48:11

# Silent night

0:48:350:48:39

# Holy night

0:48:390:48:43

# All is calm

0:48:430:48:47

# All is bright

0:48:470:48:51

# Round yon virgin mother and child

0:48:520:48:59

# Holy infant so tender and mild

0:48:590:49:06

# Sleep in Heavenly peace

0:49:070:49:14

# Sleep in Heavenly peace

0:49:150:49:22

-# Silent night

-Silent night

0:49:360:49:40

# Holy night

0:49:400:49:44

-# Shepherds first saw the sight

-Shepherds first saw the sight

0:49:440:49:51

# Glories stream from Heaven afar

0:49:520:50:00

-# Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia

-Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia

0:50:000:50:07

# Christ the Saviour is born

0:50:080:50:16

-# Christ the Saviour is born

-# Christ the Saviour is born

0:50:160:50:24

# Silent night

0:50:370:50:41

# Holy night

0:50:410:50:45

-# Son of God

-# Son of God

0:50:450:50:49

-# Love's pure light

-# Love's pure light

0:50:490:50:54

# Radiance beams from Thy holy face

0:50:540:51:02

# With the dawn of redeeming grace

0:51:020:51:09

# Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

0:51:100:51:18

# Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. #

0:51:190:51:27

Laurie Lee reflects on how life regenerates

0:51:470:51:51

after the darkest winter.

0:51:510:51:53

No night could be darker than this night,

0:51:530:51:59

no night so cold...

0:51:590:52:00

..as the blood snaps like a wire

0:52:020:52:05

and the heart's sap stills...

0:52:050:52:07

..and the year seems defeated.

0:52:080:52:11

O never again, it seems, can the green things run,

0:52:120:52:15

or sky birds fly,

0:52:150:52:17

or the grass exhale its humming breath

0:52:170:52:20

powdered with pimpernels

0:52:200:52:22

from this dark lung of winter.

0:52:220:52:26

Yet here are lessons for the final mile

0:52:280:52:31

of pilgrim kings,

0:52:310:52:33

the mile still left when all have reached

0:52:330:52:36

their tether's end,

0:52:360:52:38

that mile where the Child lies hid.

0:52:380:52:41

For see, beneath the hand, the Earth already

0:52:420:52:47

warms and glows.

0:52:470:52:50

For men with shepherd's eyes there are signs in the dark,

0:52:500:52:54

the turning stars,

0:52:540:52:56

the lamb's returning time.

0:52:560:52:59

Out of this utter death He's born again,

0:53:000:53:04

His birth our Saviour.

0:53:040:53:06

From terror's equinox He climbs and grows,

0:53:080:53:12

drawing His finger's light across our blood,

0:53:120:53:16

the Son of Heaven, and the Son of God.

0:53:160:53:21

# In the bleak midwinter

0:53:380:53:45

# Frosty wind made moan

0:53:450:53:49

# Earth stood hard as iron

0:53:490:53:55

# Water like a stone

0:53:550:54:02

# Snow had fallen

0:54:020:54:06

# Snow on snow

0:54:060:54:09

# Snow on snow

0:54:090:54:15

# In the bleak midwinter

0:54:150:54:21

# Long ago

0:54:210:54:29

# Our God

0:54:320:54:33

# Heaven cannot hold Him

0:54:330:54:39

# Nor Earth sustain

0:54:390:54:44

# Heaven and Earth shall flee away

0:54:440:54:51

# When He comes to reign

0:54:510:54:57

# In the bleak midwinter

0:54:570:55:02

# A stable-place sufficed

0:55:020:55:08

# The Lord God Almighty

0:55:080:55:15

# Jesus Christ

0:55:150:55:23

# Enough for Him, whom cherubim

0:55:320:55:37

# Worship night and day

0:55:370:55:44

# A breastful of milk

0:55:440:55:49

# And a mangerful of hay

0:55:490:55:56

# Enough for Him, whom angels

0:55:560:56:03

# Fall down before

0:56:030:56:09

# The ox and ass and camel

0:56:090:56:15

# Which adore

0:56:150:56:21

# What can I give Him

0:56:300:56:37

# Poor as I am?

0:56:370:56:44

# If I were a shepherd

0:56:440:56:50

# I would bring a lamb

0:56:500:56:56

# If I were a wise man

0:56:570:57:03

# I would do my part

0:57:030:57:08

# Yet what I can I give Him

0:57:080:57:16

# Give my heart

0:57:160:57:22

# Give my heart. #

0:57:240:57:32

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:000:58:03

# Who is there that singeth so?

0:58:030:58:05

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:050:58:08

# I am here, Sir Christemas

0:58:080:58:10

# Sir Christemas, Sir Christemas

0:58:100:58:13

# Welcome, my Lord Sir Christemas!

0:58:130:58:16

# Welcome to all, both more and less!

0:58:160:58:18

# Come near, come near

0:58:180:58:21

# Come near, come near, come near

0:58:210:58:23

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:230:58:26

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:260:58:28

# Dieu vous garde, beaux sieurs

0:58:280:58:31

# Tidings I you bring

0:58:310:58:34

# A maid hath born a child full young

0:58:340:58:37

# Which causeth you to sing

0:58:370:58:39

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:390:58:41

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:410:58:44

# Christ is now born of a pure maid

0:58:440:58:46

# Born of a pure maid

0:58:460:58:47

# In an ox stall he is laid

0:58:470:58:52

# Wherefore sing we at a brayde

0:58:520:58:55

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:550:58:57

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:58:570:59:00

# Buvez bien, buvez bien

0:59:000:59:02

# Par toute la compagnie

0:59:020:59:04

# Make good cheer and be right merry

0:59:040:59:08

# And sing with us now joyfully

0:59:080:59:10

# Joyfully, joyfully

0:59:100:59:13

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:59:130:59:15

# Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell

0:59:150:59:18

# Nowell

0:59:180:59:22

# Nowell! #

0:59:220:59:24

St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

0:59:340:59:39

In the beginning was the Word,

0:59:410:59:44

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

0:59:440:59:49

The same was in the beginning with God.

0:59:490:59:53

All things were made by Him,

0:59:530:59:56

and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

0:59:561:00:01

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

1:00:011:00:08

And the Light shineth in darkness,

1:00:081:00:11

and the darkness comprehended it not.

1:00:111:00:15

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

1:00:151:00:20

The same came for a witness,

1:00:201:00:23

to bear witness of the Light,

1:00:231:00:27

that all men through him might believe.

1:00:271:00:30

He was not that Light,

1:00:301:00:32

but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

1:00:321:00:37

That was the true Light,

1:00:371:00:40

which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1:00:401:00:43

He was in the world,

1:00:431:00:46

and the world was made by Him,

1:00:461:00:49

and the world knew Him not.

1:00:491:00:53

He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

1:00:531:00:58

But as many as received Him,

1:01:001:01:03

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

1:01:031:01:07

..even to them that believe on His name...

1:01:081:01:10

..which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,

1:01:121:01:18

nor of the will of man, but of God.

1:01:181:01:21

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

1:01:231:01:28

and we beheld His glory,

1:01:281:01:30

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

1:01:301:01:37

Thanks be to God.

1:01:401:01:42

# Love came down at Christmas

1:01:541:01:58

# Love all lovely, love divine

1:01:581:02:04

# Love was born at Christmas

1:02:041:02:09

# Star and angels gave the sign

1:02:091:02:16

# Worship we the Godhead

1:02:171:02:22

# Love incarnate, love divine

1:02:221:02:27

# Worship we our Jesus

1:02:271:02:32

# But wherewith for sacred sign?

1:02:321:02:39

# Love shall be our token

1:02:411:02:46

# Love be yours and love be mine

1:02:461:02:51

# Love to God and all men

1:02:511:02:57

# Love for plea and gift and sign. #

1:02:571:03:05

# Deep in the cold of winter

1:03:211:03:28

# Darkness and silence were everywhere

1:03:281:03:36

# Softy and clearly, there came through the stillness

1:03:361:03:43

# A wonderful sound

1:03:431:03:47

# A wonderful sound to hear

1:03:471:03:55

# All bells in Paradise

1:03:551:03:59

# I heard them ring

1:03:591:04:05

# Sounding in majesty the news that they bring

1:04:051:04:13

# All bells in Paradise

1:04:141:04:18

# I heard them ring

1:04:181:04:24

# Welcoming our Saviour, born on Earth

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# A Heavenly King

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# "Glory to God on high"

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# The angel voices sing

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# Lost in awe and wonder

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# Doubting, I asked what this sign might be

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# Christ our Messiah revealed in a stable

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# A marvellous sight

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# A marvellous sight to see

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# Sounding in majesty the news that they bring

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# Welcoming our Saviour, born on Earth

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# A Heavenly King

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# He comes down in peace

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# A child in humility

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# The keys to His kingdom belong to the poor

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# Before him shall kneel the kings with their treasures

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# Gold, incense and myrrh

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# Incense and myrrh

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# Sounding in majesty the news that they bring

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# Welcoming our Saviour, born on Earth

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# A Heavenly King

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# All bells in Paradise

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# I heard them ring

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# "Glory to God on high"

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# The angel voices sing

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# The angel voices

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# Sweetly

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# Sing. #

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Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine

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with the brightness of Thy one true Light, bring us,

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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, who liveth and reigneth

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with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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ALL: Amen.

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Christ, who by His Incarnation gathered into one

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things Earthly and Heavenly, 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

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and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always.

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ALL: Amen.

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# 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 Heavenborn 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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The traditional celebration of Christmas from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge begins with a solo chorister singing 'Once in Royal David's City'. Stephen Cleobury conducts the famous chapel choir in carols old and new, including 'The Angel Gabriel', 'The Holly and The Ivy' and 'Silent Night', while the story of the Nativity is told in the familiar words of the King James' bible along with Christmas poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, William Austin and Laurie Lee.


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