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Christmas Carol

On the birthday of the Lord

Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale
Tune: [On the birthday of the Lord]
Published in 7 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1. On the birthday of the Lord,
Angel choirs, with one accord,
Joyous chant before the throne:
Glory be to God alone!

Refrain
Lo! A virgin bore the Son,
Christ she bore, the Holy One,
Virgin ever undefiled.

2. Born is our Emmanuel,
Gabriel did the wonder tell;
Prophet eyes afar adored
Him, the sole-begotten Word. [Refrain]

3. Seraphs bring the gladsome tale,
Shepherds sing o’er hill and vale
Of the blessèd Savior’s birth,
Sweetest news for all the earth. [Refrain]

4. Hail the day, the happy morn;
Hail the Child of Mary born;
Born of God’s o’ershadowing might,
God of God, and Light of Light. [Refrain]

5. See! the wise their gifts unfold,
Incense, myrrh and royal gold;
Kneeling to th’eternal King,
Glory to our God they sing. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4688

Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale

Littledale, Richard Frederick, LL.D., D.C.L., son of John Richard Littledale, merchant, was born at Dublin on the 14th of Sept, 1833, and was educated at Bective House Seminary, and Trinity College, Dublin. His University course was distinguished. In 1852 he became a University Scholar; in 1854 he was first class in Classics and gold medallist; in 1856 he won the Berkeley gold medal (for Greek), and other honours. He graduated B.A., 1855, M.A., 1858, LL.D., 1862, and D.C.L. at Oxford, 1862. Taking Holy Orders in 1856, he was Curate of St. Matthew's, in Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, from 1856 to 1857, and of St. Mary the Virgin, Soho, London, from 1857 to 1861. Through ill-health he retired from parochial work in 1861, and devoted himself to liter… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On the birthday of the Lord
Title: Christmas Carol
Translator: Richard Frederick Littledale
Source: Latin
Refrain First Line: Christ is born of maiden fair
Copyright: Public Domain

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #4688
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The Cyber Hymnal #5197
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