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A Christmas Garland 2023

God rest ye merry, gentlemen


God rest you merry, gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay,

For Jesus Christ our Saviour Was born upon this day.

To save us all from Satan’s power

When we were gone astray:

O tidings of comfort and joy.


From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came,

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same,

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name:

O tidings of comfort and joy.


Now to the Lord sing praises,

All you within this place,

And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace;

This holy tide of Christmas

All others doth deface:

O tidings of comfort and joy

O little town of Bethlehem


O Little town of Bethlehem,

How still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

the silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light;

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.


How silently, how silently,

The wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of his heav’n.

No ear may hear his coming,

But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him, still

The dear Christ enters in.


O holy Child of Bethlehem,

Descend to us we pray;

Cast out our sin, and enter in,

Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels

The great glad tidings tell:

O come to us, abide with us,

Our Lord Emmanuel.


Once in royal David’s city


Once in royal David’s city

Stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby

In a manger for his bed:

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ her little child.


He came down to earth from heaven,

Who is God and Lord of all,

And his shelter was a stable,

And his cradle was a stall;

With the poor and mean and lowly,

Lived on earth our Saviour holy.


Not in that poor lowly stable,

With the oxen standing by,

We shall see him; but in heaven,

Set at God’s right hand on high;

When like stars his children crowned

All in white shall wait around.

O come, all ye faithful


O come, all ye faithful,

Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him

Born the King of Angels:

O come let us adore him,

O come let us adore him,

O come let us adore him,

Christ the Lord!


God of God,

Light of Light,

Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Very God, 

Begotten, not created:

O come let us adore him,

... Christ the Lord!


Sing, choirs of angels

Sing in exultation!

Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:

Glory to God

In the highest.

O come let us adore him,

... Christ the Lord!

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