A Christmas Carol: Merry Christmas

Awake arise good Christians

Let nothing you dismay:

Remember Christ our Saviour

was born upon this day.

The self same moon was shining

That now is in the sky

When a holy band of angels

Came down from God on high.

Came down on clouds of glory,

Arrayed in shining light,

Unto the shepherd - people,

Who watched their flocks by night.

And through the midnight silence

The heavenly host began'

Glory to God in the highest

On earth goodwill to man!

''Fear not, we bring good tidings

For, on this happy morn,

The promised one, the Saviour

In Bethlehem was born!

'Up rise the joyful shepherds

From the ground whereon they lay,

As ye should rise, good Christians,

To hail this blessed clay.

Up rose the simple shepherds,

All with joyful mind,'

And let us go with speed!' said they

'This holy child to find!'

Not to a kingly palace

The son of God they found

But a lowly manger

Where oxen fed around.

The glorious King of Heaven;

The Lord of all the earth,

In mercy condescended

To be of humble birth.

There worshiped him the wise men,

As prophets had foretold

And laid their gifts before Him,

Frankincense, myrrh and gold.

Long looked the simple shepherds,

We wander far and near,

And bid ye wake, good Christians,

The joyful news to hear.

Awake, arise, good Christians,

Let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ the Saviour

Was born upon this day!

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