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Pond Square Carols sheet


O Come, All Ye Faithful.

1. 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!

2. God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, Begotten, not created: (Chorus)


Silent Night

1. Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright;
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia:
Christ the Saviour is born
Christ the Saviour is born

3. Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiance beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,


Once in Royal David’s City

1. 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.

2. He came down to earth from 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.

3. And our eyes at last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above,
And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone.

4. 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;
Where like stars His children crowned All in white shall wait around.


Away in a manger

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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,


The First Nowell

1. The first Nowell the Angel did say
Was to certain poor Shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep:
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel!

2. They looked up and saw a star,
Shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night. (Chorus)

3. And by the light of that same star,
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went. (Chorus)

4. This star drew nigh to the north west;
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Rightover the place where Jesus lay. (Chorus)

5. Then enter’d in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon their knee,
And offer’d there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. (Chorus)


God Rest, You Merry Gentlemen

1. God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our saviour Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2. From God our heavenly father A blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name: (Chorus)

3. The shepherds at those tidings Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway This blessed babe to find: (Chorus)

4. But when to Bethlehem they came, Whereat this infant lay,
They found him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling, Unto the Lord did pray: (Chorus)

5. Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas All others doth deface: (Chorus)


Good King Wenceslas

1. Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen,
when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
when a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.

2. “Hither, page, and stand by me. If thou know it telling:
yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain,
right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain.”

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

4. ‘Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how. I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps my good page, tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.”

5. In his master’s step 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.


Angels from the Realms of Glory

1 . 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:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

2. Shepherds in the field abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing; yonder shines the Infant Light: (Chorus)

3. Sages, leave your contemplations; brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of Nations; ye have seen his natal star: (Chorus)

4. Though an infant now we view him, he shall fill his Father’s throne,
gather all nations to him; every knee shall then bow down: (Chorus)


O Little Town of Bethlehem

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

2. 0 morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth;
For Christ is born of Mary; And, gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wond’ring love.

3. How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heav’n.
No ear may hear his coming; But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still The dear Christ enters in.

4. 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.


Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

1. 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 th’angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald-angels sing Glory to the new-born King.

2. Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come Off-spring of a virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald-angels sing Glory to the new-born King.

3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, Ris’n with healing in his wings;
Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald-angels sing Glory to the new-born King.

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