It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the Earth
With news of joy foretold.

"Peace on the Earth, good will to all
From heaven's all gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
Love's banner all unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
Over all the weary world.

Above its sad and lowly plains
Old echoes plaintive ring,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the Angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong.

And man at war with man hears not
The love-song which they bring.
O! hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the Angels sing.

O ye, beneath life's crushing load
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;

Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
O rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,

When the new Heaven and Earth shall own
The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlefolk

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlefolk,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from evil power
When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

In Bethlehem, in Jewry,
This blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger,
Upon that blessed morn;
That which His Mother Mary,
Did nothing take in scorn.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our Heavenly Father,
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

"Fear not," then said the Angel,
"let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From evil power and might."

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding,
In tempest, storm, and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway,
The Son of God to find.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la!
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la!

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring,
To you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring,
To you and your kin,
Good tidings for Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!