274. On Christmas Night

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 face,
then life and health come in its place.
When sin departs before his face,
then life and health come in its place.
Angels rejoice with us and sing,
all for to see the new-born 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 heav'n;
peace on earth, and goodwill. Amen.”

Text Information
First Line: On Christmas night all Christians sing
Title: On Christmas Night
Author: Luke Wadding, b. 1686 (alt.)
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Name: SUSSEX CAROL
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Key: F Major
Source: English Traditional



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