132. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

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1 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today;
ox and ass before him bow,
and he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

2 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now ye hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened heaven’s door,
and we are blest forevermore.
Christ was born for this!
Christ was born for this!

3 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
to gain the everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!

Text Information
First Line: Good Christian friends, rejoice
Title: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
Translator and Paraphraser: John Mason Neale (1853, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.6.7.7.7.8.5.5
Scripture: Luke 1:77-79; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:10-20; Ephesians 1:3-12; 1 Timothy 1:15
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Source: Medieval Latin
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IN DULCI JUBILO
Harmonizer: David Hugh Jones (1953)
Meter: 6.6.7.7.7.8.5.5
Key: F Major or modal
Source: German folk melody, 14th cent.
Copyright: Harm. © 1955, ren. 1983 John Ribble (admin. Westminster John Knox Press)


Text Information:

Carols using two languages, like this one dating from at least the 14th century, belong to a special group called “macaronic,” the original languages here being German and Latin. Though the present version is only in English, it is sung to the traditional German folk melody.


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