1. We’ve been told a joyful thing,
News for all the nations.
Angels have been heard to sing
Round the shepherd stations,
One intoned the Gloria,
Peace to all things human;
War no more for true man.
2. Up and get you quickly there
Folk of field and village!
Over to that stable bare
Up beyond the tillage.
There you’ll find a Baby born
Old before His mother’s morn
Young with dewy splendor
Of parent stem so tender.
3. So we come to pay our vows:
Hail! God save thee, Mary!
Joseph, man of this poor house,
Fortune seems contrary.
Let us look on Christ the Lord,
That was sure the angel’s word.
Swathèd in a manger,
Welcome, Holy Stranger!
O'Connor, John, was b. Dec. 5, 1870, at Clonmel, Ireland. After completing his theological studies in the English College at Rome, he was ordained priest 1895, in St. John Lateran, Rome; and is now (1906) priest in charge at Heckmondwike, Yorks. He contributed to the Arundel Hymns, 1902, a number of translations (see Index of Authors, &c), and the following original hymns:—
1. Ah, Lady of high heaven! B. V. M.
2. All the skies to-night sing o'er us. Christmas.
3. Father of all those far-scattered sheep of Christ. St. Patrick.
4. Hail! O new Jerusalem. Heaven.
5. Jesu! none is like to Thee. The Love of Jesus.
6. Jesu! the dying day hath left us lonely. Evening.
7. Joseph gentle, husband mine. Christmas.
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Display Title: We've Been Told a Joyful ThingFirst Line: We've been told a joyful thingTune Title: [We've been told a joyful thing]Author: John O'ConnorSource: Evidently an old French carol from the Besançon region