1 The winds were wailing o’er the wold,
The frosted earth lay white;
The stars were sparkling keen and cold
All in the wintry night;
When lo! the heavens blazed as gold,
And all was radiant light.
Noël! Noël! the Babe is born
In Bethlehem this day.
2 The shepherds were crouching o’er the fire
On pipes of straw did play;
When lo! broke forth the angel choir,
And night was turned to day.
The heav’ns rejoice! Let earth admire
The tidings they did say. [Refrain]
3 For unto us a child is born,
A king of David’s race,
With peace to every hearth and home,
And men in every place;
For Satan’s cruel reign is done,
Begun the reign of grace. [Refrain]
4 United, ye Christian people all,
In hymns of holy mirth;
Bring voice of praise, and suppliant call
Emmanuel on earth!
Behold the manger, prostrate fall,
And hail the heav’nly birth. [Refrain]
Baring-Gould, Sabine, M.A., eldest son of Mr. Edward Baring-Gould, of Lew Trenchard, Devon, b. at Exeter, Jan. 28, 1834, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, B.A. 1857, M.A. 1860. Taking Holy Orders in 1864, he held the curacy of Horbury, near Wakefield, until 1807, when he was preferred to the incumbency of Dalton, Yorks. In 1871 he became rector of East Mersea, Essex, and in 1881 rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon. His works are numerous, the most important of which are, Lives of the Saints, 15 vols., 1872-77; Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, 2 series, 1866-68; The Origin and Development of Religious Belief, 2 vols., 1869-1870; and various volumes of sermons. His hymns, original and translated, appeared in the Church Times; Hymns Ancien… Go to person page >
Display Title: The Winds Were WailingFirst Line: The winds were wailing o’er the woldTune Title: LESNEVENAuthor: Sabine Baring-GouldMeter: CMDSource: Carols Old and Carols New by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)