From Church to Church

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1. From church to church the bells’ glad tidings run:
A virgin hath conceived, and borne a Son
In Bethlehem.

2. And angel hosts, the midnight of His birth,
Sang Glory be to God, and peace on earth,
In Bethlehem.

3. Now go we forth, and see this wondrous thing,
The shepherds said, and seek the newborn King
In Bethlehem.

4. Then Herod sought the royal Son to slay,
Who rather should have to come to kneel and pray
In Bethlehem.

5. The star went leading on from east to west:
The wise men followed, till they saw it rest
In Bethlehem.

6. Their frankincense and myrrh, and gold they bring,
To hail the God, the Mortal, and the King
In Bethlehem.

7. With threefold gifts the Threefold God three praise,
Who thus vouchsafed the sons of man raise,
In Bethlehem.

Translator (from Latin): John M. Neale, 1818-1866

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

Author: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: From church to church the bells' glad tidings run:
Title: From Church to Church
Latin Title: Congaudeat turba fidelium
Translator (from Latin): John M. Neale, 1818-1866
Author: Anonymous (11th Century)
Source: 11th Century manuscript
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune: Arrangement by Wilfrid G. A. Shebbeare in The Cowley Carol Book
Copyright: Public Domain


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