Sing with the band at Christmas

November 27, 2023
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November 27, 2023 Mike Allcock

We’re aiming to save trees by having on-line carol sheets! Please sing a long with the band and choir.


1. Angels, from the realms of glory

Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth;
ye, who sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Come and worship Christ, the newborn King
come and worship, worship Christ the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing; yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship…

Wise men, leave your contemplations; brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great desire of nations; ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship…

Tune: Iris 87.87.47 (extended)
Words: James Montgomery

2.  Away in a manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky, and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

Tune: Cradle Song 11 11.11 11
Words: Anon and J T McFarland

3. Ding dong merrily on high

Ding dong merrily on high, In heav’n the bells are ringing
Ding dong verily the sky, Is riv’n with angels singing

Gloria Hosanna in excelsis, Gloria Hosanna in excelsis

E’en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen
And i-o, i-o, i-o By priest and people sungen

Gloria Hosanna in excelsis, Gloria Hosanna in excelsis

Pray ye, dutifully prime, Your matin chime, ye ringers
May ye beautifully rhyme, Your evetime song ye singers

Gloria Hosanna in excelsis, Gloria Hosanna in excelsis

Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Words: Julian Smith

4. Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out, On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night, Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight, Gath’ring winter fuel

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine, Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament And the bitter weather

In his master’s steps he trod, Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod, Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor Shall yourselves find blessing

Words: John Mason Neale

5. Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’

Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new-born King!

Christ by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail, the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as one with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark the herald angels sing…

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.

Hark the herald angels sing…

Tune: Mendelssohn 77.77 D and refrain
Words: Charles Wesley (altered)

6. In the bleak mid-winter

In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

Our God, heav’n cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heav’n and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak mid-winter, a stable-place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the Beloved with a kiss.

Tune: Cranham (irregular)
Words: Christina Georgina Rosetti

7. It was on a starry night

It was on a starry night
When the hills were bright
Earth lay sleeping, sleeping calm and still
Then in a cattle shed, In a manger bed
A boy was born, King of all the world

And all the angels sang for Him
The bells of heaven rang for Him
For a boy was born, King of all the world [Repeat]

Soon the shepherds came that way
Where the baby lay
And were kneeling, kneeling by His side
And their hearts believed again
For the peace of men
For a boy was born, King of all the world

And all the angels sang for Him
The bells of heaven rang for Him
For a boy was born, King of all the world [Repeat]

8. Joy to the world!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Saviour reigns:
let us our songs employ;
Joy to the world! The Saviour reigns:
let us our songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

Tune: Antioch 86.86 (extended)
Words: Isaac Watts

9. O come, all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him, born the King of angels:

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

True God of true God, light of light eternal,
lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten not created:

O come, let us adore him…

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
‘Glory to God in the highest’:

O come, let us adore him…

Tune: Adeste Fideles (irreg)
Words: John Francis Wade

10. O come, O come Emmanuel

O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come thou Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height,
in ancient times didst give the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!…

O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heav’nly home;
make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice!…

Tune: Veni Emmanuel 88.88 and refrain
Words: Anon Latin 13th century, Translated by John Mason Neale

11. O little town of Bethlehem,

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth!
For Christ is born of Mary; and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming; but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O, come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Tune: Forest Green 86.86 D
Words: Phillip Brooks

12. Once in Royal David’s city

Once in Royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle-shed,
where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down from earth to heaven who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor and mean and lowly, Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,
we shall see him: but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high;
when like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around.

Tune: Irby 87.87.77
Words: Cecil Francis

13. See, amid the winter snow,

See, amid the winter snow, born for us on earth below;
see, the gentle lamb appears, promised from eternal years:

Hail, o ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem: ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’

Low within a manger lies He who built the starry skies:
He who, throned in height sublime, reigns above the cherubim:

Hail, o ever-blessed morn…

Holy Saviour, born on earth, teach us by your lowly birth;
grant that we may ever be taught by such humility.

Hail, o ever-blessed morn…

Tune: Humility 7777 and refrain
Words: E Caswall

14. See him lying on a bed of straw (Calypso Carol)

See him lying on a bed of straw, Draughty stable with an open door
Mary cradling the babe she bore, The prince of glory is his name.

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then The prince of glory when he came.

Star of silver sweeps across the skies Show where Jesus in the manger lies
Shepherds swiftly from your stupor rise To see the Saviour of the world.

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem…

Mine are riches from thy poverty From thine innocence, eternity
Mine, forgiveness by thy death for me Child of sorrow, for my joy.

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem…

Angels, sing again the song you sang Bring God’s glory to the heart of man
Sing, “Bethlehem’s little baby can Be salvation to the soul.”

Oh, now carry me to Bethlehem…

15. Silent night,

Silent night, holy night; sleeps the world, hid from sight,
Mary and Joseph in stable bare,
watch o’er the child beloved and fair,
sleeping in heavenly rest.

Silent night, holy night: shepherds first saw the light,
heard resounding clear and long,
far and near, the angel-song:
‘Christ the Redeemer is here!’

Silent night, holy night: Son of God, O how bright
love is smiling from thy face!
Strikes for us now the hour of grace,
Saviour since thou art born!

Tune: Silent Night (irregular)
Words: Joseph Mohr, Translated by Stopford Augustus Brooke

16. We three kings of Orient are

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder….

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav’n replies

O Star of wonder….

17. While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground.
The angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

‘Fear not,’ said he (for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind),
‘glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.

‘To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s line
a Saviour who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign:

‘The heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling bands, and in a manger laid.’

Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song:

‘All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace;
goodwill henceforth from heaven to men begin and never cease.’

Tune: Lyngham 86.86 (extended)
Words: Nahum Tate

18. Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh
Through the fields we go Laughing all the way.
Bells on bob-tail ring Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight.

Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh,
Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh

19. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”

20. We Wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas,
we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Newstead Brass

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