Cold Was The Night

Cold was the night in winter wild

Author: Anonymous
Tune: [Cold was the night in winter wild]
Published in 1 hymnal

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Representative Text

1 Cold was the night in winter wild,
When in her arms the maiden mild,
Enfolds her first, the Heaven born Child;
And whilst the mother over Him hung,
This carol from the angels’ tongue,
In strange mysterious tones is sung:

Gloria in excelsis Deo;
Et in terra pax hominibus;
Bonae bonae voluntatis.

2 The stars sit still in deep amaze,
In solemn silence steadfast gaze,
While listening to th’angelic lays;
Then wafted high, in joyous time,
The songs in loud harmonious chime,
To Heaven’s bright empyrean climb. [Refrain]

3 And doth this stall, in shaded gloom,
Contain the fruit of Mary’s womb,
For whom the world could not make room?
O grace, all praise of men above,
O Son, beyond all depth of love,
How do these our all passions move! [Refrain]

4 On thro’ the brightest day of days,
We, with its choir, our voices raise,
Sing jubilee in thankful praise;
To God on high be glory meet,
To earthborn Son—to Paraclete—
In this goodwill, in music sweet. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12376

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Cold was the night in winter wild
Title: Cold Was The Night
Author: Anonymous
Source: Christmas Minstrelsy by Joseph Williams and Henry Gauntlett (London and Mancehster: Novello & Bremner, 1864)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Copyright: Public Domain


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