112. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing

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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 sad,
since our Redeemer made us glad;
then why should we on earth be 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 place;
when sin departs before his grace,
then life and health comes in its place;
heaven and earth with joy may sing,
all for to see the newborn 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 in highest heaven;
peace on earth and goodwill. Amen!"

Text Information
First Line: On Christmas night all Christians sing
Title: On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 52:7; Isaiah 53:5; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:5-14; John 8:32-36; Acts 13:38-39; Acts 26:18; Romans 5:20; Romans 8:2; Ephesians 5:19
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Source: English carol
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: SUSSEX CAROL
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1912)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Key: F Major or modal
Source: English carol


Text Information:

The words of this carol first appeared in 1684 in a collection by an Irish bishop, Luke Wadding. Whether they were his own work or something gleaned from popular use is not clear. The tune name recalls that the tune was collected in 1904 from Mrs. Verrall of Monk’s Gate, Sussex.


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