294. On Christmas night all Christians sing

1 On Christmas night all Christians sing,
to hear the news the angels bring,
on Christmas night all Christians sing,
to hear the news the angels bring,
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King’s birth.

2 Then why should we on earth be so sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad,
then why should we on earth be so sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad,
when from our sin he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

3 When sin departs before his grace,
then life and health come in its places;
when sin departs before his grace,
then life and health come in its place;
heaven and earth with joy may sing,
all for to see the new-born King.

4 All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
all out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
'Glory to God, on earth be peace,
goodwill to all shall never cease.'

Text Information
First Line: On Christmas night all Christians sing
Author: Luke Wadding (d. 1686)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: LM Irregular
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9; Isaiah 25:9; Isaiah 58:5-7; Luke 1:79; Luke 2:8-14; Matthew 1:21; Matthew 2:2; Titus 2:11
Topic: Social Concern
Source: English traditional
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: SUSSEX CAROL
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: LM Irregular
Key: F Major or modal
Source: English traditional melody
Copyright: Arr. © 1919 Stainer & Bell, Ltd.



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