The First Christmas Carol

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The First Christmas Carol

FEAR not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

St. Luke’s Gospel

. . .

In Excelsis Gloria!

WHEN Christ was born of Mary free,
In Bethlehem, in that fair citie.
Angels sang there with mirth and glee.
                              In Excelsis Gloria!

Herdsmen beheld these angels bright,
To them appearing with great light.
Who said,” God’s Son is born this night,”
                              In Excelsis Gloria!

This King is come to save mankind,
As in Scripture truths we find.
Therefore this song have we in mind,
In Excelsis Gloria!

Then, Lord, for thy great grace.
Grant us the bliss to see thy face,
Where we may sing to thy solace.
In Excelsis Gloria!

From the Harleian Manuscripts.


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