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

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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

Christ is the world’s true Light (Rinkart – Kommt Seelen)

Lyrics

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Recordings

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Rinkart (Kommt Seelen)
  • Meter: 67 67 66 66
  • Style: Baroque, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lyricist: George Wallace Briggs (1875 – 1959)
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Oxford University Press
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Child in the manger (Bunessan)

Lyrics

Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all,
Child Who inherits all our transgressions,
All our demerits on Him fall.

Once the most holy Child of salvation
Gently and lowly lived below.
Now as our glorious mighty Redeemer,
See Him victorious o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;
Angels behold Him on His throne.
Worthy our Savior of all our praises;
Happy forever are His own.

The original Gaelic version of this carol can be found here: Leanabh an àigh

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872) in Gaelic
  • English language Translator: Lach­lan Mac­bean (1853-1931) in Hymnal: Songs and Hymns of the Gael (published Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1888).
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

Brightest and best (Epithany)

Lyrics

Brightest and Best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Epiphany
  • Meter: 11 10 11 10
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Joseph Francis Thrupp (1827 – 1867)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

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

Carol – Born in the Night – Lyrics

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Recordings

 
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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.

Behold, the great Creator (Kilmarnock) – Organ

Lyrics

Behold the great Creator makes
Himself a house of clay,
A robe of virgin flesh He takes
Which He will wear for ay.

Hark, hark, the wise eternal Word,
Like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
And God in cradles lies.

This wonder struck the world amazed,
It shook the starry frame;
Squadrons of spirits stood and gazed,
Then down in troops they came.

Glad shepherds ran to view this sight;
A choir of angels sings,
And eastern sages with delight
Adore this King of kings.

Join then, all hearts that are not stone,
And all our voices prove,
To celebrate this holy One
The God of peace and love.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Kilmarnock
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Classical Style: Carol
  • Composer: Neil Dougall (1776 – 1862)
  • Lyricist: Thomas Pestel (1585 – 1659)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

As with gladness men of old (Dix)

Lyrics

1. As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright,
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led by Thee!

2. As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before
Thee whom heaven and earth adore,
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy-seat!

3. As they offered gifts most rare
At Thy cradle, rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King!

4. Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And when earthly things are past.
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

5. In the heavenly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down.
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King!

Recording

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Dix
  • Meter: 77 77 77
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Conrad Kocher (1786 – 1872) adapted by arranger: William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889).
  • Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Arise and sing a joyful song (Morning Song)

  • Tune: Morning Song
  • Meter: 86 86
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown collected by Publisher: John Wyeth in Hymnal: Repository of Sacred Music II, 1813
  • Lyricist: Brian L. Penney
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Brian L. Penney 2008 – Used with Permission
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin Certain rights reserved.
 
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Arise and sing a joyful song – Lyrics

Published with Permission of the author: Rev. Brian L. Penney

1. Arise and sing a joyful song,
All you who dwell on earth;
Let ev’ry heart and ev’ry tongue
Proclaim the Savior’s birth.

2. Behold the Son was virgin-born,
By God’s mysterious pow’r;
Into this world, by sin destroyed,
He came at life’s dark hour.

3. The Light of life, incarnate Word,
The prophets did record;
Took on Himself the form of man,
That man might be restored.

4. In sacrificial love He came
And for our fallen race;
Upon Himself He took God’s wrath,
In death He took our place.

5. Now with the angels praise the One
Who bore our sins away;
With love, and joy, and gratitude,
Hail Him this Christmas day.

SATB Score for download

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