God rest you merry, gentlemen (God Rest You Merry)

Carol – God rest you merry, gentlemen – Lyrics

1. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

2. In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

3. 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

4. “Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: God Rest You Merry
  • Meter: 86 86 86 and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional English Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English melody arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Ding dong! merrily on high (Bransle De L’Official)

Ding dong! merrily on high Lyrics

Ding dong merrily on high,
In heav’n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv’n with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E’en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And “Io, io, io!”
By priest and people sungen.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Bransle De L’Official
  • Meter: 77 77 and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional French Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown French melody arranger: Charles Wood (1866 – 1926)
  • Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848 – 1934)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Come, come, come to the manger (Come to the manger)

Lyrics

Come, come, come to the manger,
Children, come to the children’s King;
Sing, sing, chorus of angels,
Star of morning, o’er Bethlehem sing.

He lies ‘mid the beasts of the stall,
Who is Maker and Lord of us all;
The wintry wind blows cold and dreary,
See, He weeps, the world is weary,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me! Refrain

He leaves all His glory behind,
To be born and to die for mankind;
With grateful beasts His cradle chooses,
Thankless man His love refuses,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me! Refrain

To the manger of Bethlehem come,
To the Saviour Emmanuel’s home;
The heav’nly hosts above are singing,
Set the Christmas bells a-ringing,
Lord, have pity and mercy on me! Refrain

Recordings

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Come to the manger
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional melody originally adapted by arranger: S P Waddington
  • Arranger: Richard Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved.

Come and join the celebration (Celebration)

Carol – Come and join the celebration – Lyrics

We regret that we are unable to publish the lyrics to this hymn at the moment, as they are still in copyright. They can be found in the following hymn books:

  • Hymns Old & New, 2008 Number 117
  • Mission Praise, 2005 Number 83
  • Singing the Faith, 2011 Number 196

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Celebration
  • Meter: 87 86
  • Style: Popular, Carol
  • Composer: Valerie Collinson (b. 1933) arranged Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Valerie Collinson (b. 1933)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1972 High-Fye Music Ltd
  • Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Cloth for the cradle (Wae’s for me Prince Charlie)

Lyrics

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A copy of the lyrics can be found here

Recordings

 
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Video

Cloth for the Cradle (Wae's for Me Prince Charlie - 4 Verses)
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Details

  • Tune: Wae’s for me Prince Charlie
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional Scottish Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown arranged Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricists: John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Arrangement © 2013 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b.1955)
  • Lyrics © 1987 WGRG
  • Performances Copyright © 2009 and 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

Christians, awake! (Yorkshire – Stockport)

Lyrics

Christians, awake! Salute the happy morn
whereon the Savior of the world was born;
rise to adore the mystery of love,
which hosts of angels chanted from above;
with them the joyful tidings first begun,
of God incarnate and the virgin’s Son.

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
who heard th’angelic herald’s voice, “Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth
to you and all the nations of the earth;
this day hath God fulfilled His promised Word;
this day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.”

He spoke; and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And Heav’n’s whole orb with alleluias rang.
God’s highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace on the earth and unto men good will.

To Bethl’hem straight th’enlightened shepherds ran
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessèd maid,
Her son, the Savior, in a manger laid;
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return,
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.

Like Mary let us ponder in our mind
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind!
Trace we the babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
From His poor manger to His bitter cross,
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
Till man’s first heav’nly state again takes place.

This may we hope, th’angelic hosts among,
to sing, redeemed a glad triumphal song.
He that was born upon this joyful day
around us all His glory shall display.
Saved by His love, incessantly we sing
eternal praise to heav’n’s almighty King.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Yorkshire (Stockport)
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Traditional English Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: John Wainwright (1723 -- 1769)
  • Lyricist: John Byrom (1692 -- 1763)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

Born in the night, Mary’s child (Mary’s child)

Lyrics

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Recordings

 
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Born in the night, Mary's child (Mary's Child - 4 verses) - Piano, Violin and Flute
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Mary’s child
  • Meter: 76 76
  • Style: Mid 20th Century Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Geoffrey Ainger (b. 1925)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Geoffrey Ainger (b. 1925)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1964 Stainer & Bell Ltd
  • Performances Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin.

Away in a manger (Cradle Song)

Lyrics

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus!
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side
Until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children,
In Thy tender care,
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there.

Recordings

 
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Away in a manger (Cradle Song - 3 Verses)
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Cradle Song
  • Meter: 11 11 11 11
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Composer: William James Kirkpatrick (1838 -- 1921) arranged Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricist: William James Kirkpatrick (1838 -- 1921)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

Angels from the realms of glory (Iris) – Organ

Lyrics

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King!
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King!

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light:
Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King!
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King!

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of Nations,
Ye have seen His natal star:
Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King!
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King!

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King!
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King!

Though an infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to him;
Ev’ry knee shall then bow down:
Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King!
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King!

Recording

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Iris
  • Meter: 87 87 and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional Flemish Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown -- Traditional Flemish Melody arranged
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin based upon arrangement by arranger: Charles Wood (1866 -- 1926).
  • Lyricist: James Montgomery (1771 -- 1854)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin Certain rights reserved.