1 All this night bright angels sing,
Never was such carolling,
Hark! a voice which loudly cries,
"Mortals, mortals, wake and rise.
Lo! to gladness
Turns your sadness:
From the earth is ris'n a Sun,
Shines all night tho' day be done."
2 Wake, O earth, wake every thing,
Wake and hear the joy I bring:
Wake and joy; for all this night,
Heaven and every twinkling light,
Still stand gazing,
Angels, powers and all that be,
Wake, and joy this Sun to see.
3 Hail! O Sun, O blessed Light,
Sent into this world by night;
Let Thy Rays and heav'nly Pow'rs,
Shine in these dark souls of ours.
For most duly,
Thou art truly
God and Man, we do confess:
Hail, O Sun of Righteousness!
Austin, William. A lawyer of Lincoln's Inn in the time of Charles I. His widow, Ann Austin, published in 1635, his
Devotionis Avgvstinianae Flamma. This contains 3 carols for Christmas Day, 3 poems for Good Friday, 1 for tbe Annunciation, and a poem by himself in anticipation of his own death. They are all of merit, and 4 may be found reprinted in Days & Seasons, 3rd ed., 1857, London, Mozley. In the Harleian manuscript Kalph Crane's A Handful of Celestial Flowers contains other hymns, one of which, with Austin's initials, has been printed by Farr in his Select Poetry of James I. It begins, "What a gracious God have we." The popular carol--
"All this night bright Angels sing,
Never was such carolling."
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Display Title: All This Night Bright Angels SingFirst Line: All this night bright angels singTune Title: [All this night bright angels sing]Author: W. Austin, d. 1633Source: Carols Old and Carols New, by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Parish Choir, 1916), number 2.