Keene Christmas Carols

Songs

Angels We Have Heard On High
Away In A Manger
The Coventry Carol
Deck The Halls
The First Noel
The Friendly Beasts
Frosty The Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Wassailing
The Holly And The Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Jingle Bells
Joy To The World
Little Drummer Boy
The First Noel
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Patapan
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silent Night
We Three Kings
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o'er the plain, And the mountains in reply echo back their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See within a manger laid Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth! Mary, Joseph lend your aid, with us sing our Saviour's birth.
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

AWAY IN A MANGER

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head,
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor Babe awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes,
I love, Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle 'til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and ever I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And lead us to heaven to live with Thee there.

THE COVENTRY CAROL

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny child
By by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day.
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
By by, lully lullay?

Herod the King in his raging
Charg-ed he hath this day
His men of might in his own sight
All children young to slay.

Then woe is me, poor child for thee
And ever mourn and say.
For thy parting nor say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

DECK THE HALLS

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la …
Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la...
Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la...
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la …

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la...
Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la...
Follow we in merry measure, Fa la la...
While I tell of Yuletide pleasure, Fa la la la la …

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la...
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la...
Sing the joyous song together, Fa la la...
Leave us of the wind and weather, Fa la la la …

THE FIRST NOEL

The first Noel the angels did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

They look-ed up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star
Three Wisemen came from country far.
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

Then entered in those Wisemen three,
Fell reverently upon their knee,
And offered there in His presence
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincence.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

THE FRIENDLY BEASTS

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town."
"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

"I," said the cow all white and red,
"I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave him my hay to pillow his head."
"I," said the cow all white and red.

"I," said the sheep with curly horn,
"I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn."
"I," said the sheep with curly horn.

"I," said the dove from the rafters high,
"I cooed Him to sleep so He would not cry;
We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I."
"I," said the dove from the rafters high.

"I," said the camel, yellow and black,
"Over the desert upon my back,
I brought him a gift in the Wisemen's pack."
"I," said the camel, yellow and black

Thus every beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the Snowman was a fairy tale they say,
He was made of snow, but the children know
How he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic
In that old silk hat they found,
For when they put it on his head
He began to dance around.

Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be;
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me.
Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump, Look at Frosty go;
Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump. Over the hills of snow.

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,Remember Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas day.To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our Heav'nly Father a bless-ed 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...

Fear not, then, said the angel, Let nothing you afright. This day is born a Saviour of a pure Virgin bright. To free all those who trust in Him from Satan's power and might.
O tidings of comfort and joy...

The shepherds at those tidings rejoic-ed much in mind, And left their flocks afeeding in tempest, storm and wind, And went to Bethlehem straight way, the Son of God to find.
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...

GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN REJOICE

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice,
Give ye heed to what we say:
News, News, Jesus Christ is born today.
Ox and ass before Him bow,
And He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today, Christ is born today.

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice,
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Joy, Joy, Jesus Christ was born for this.
He hath op'ed the heavenly door,
And man is bless-ed evermore.
Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this.

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice,
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace, Peace, Jesus Christ was born to save.
Calls you one and calls you all,
To gain His everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save, Christ was born to save.

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem,
Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Christ by highest heav'n adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of the virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see;
Hail th'incarnate Deity.
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Emanuel.
Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace.
Hail the Son of Righteousness.
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green, Here we come a-wandering so fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too. And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

We are not daily beggars that beg from door to door, But we are neighbors' children whom you have seen before. Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too...

We have a little purse made of ratching leather skin; We want a little sixpence to line it well within.
Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too...

God bless the master of this house, likewise the mistress, too, And all the little children that 'round the table go. Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too...

[Alternate lyrics]
Here we come a-caroling among the leaves so green, Here we come a-caroling so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, and to you glad Christmas too...

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.
Chorus: Oh the rising of the sun, and the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom, as white as any flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, to be our sweet Saviour.
Chorus

The holly bears a berry, as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, to do poor sinners good.
Chorus

The holly bears a prickle, as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, on Christmas day in the morn.
Chorus

I SAW THREE SHIPS

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day.
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day.
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day.
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day in the morning.

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

It came upon a midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold.
Peace on the earth, good-will to men,
From heaven's all gracious King.
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world.
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The bless-ed angels sing.

For lo, the days are hast'ning on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Comes round the age of gold.
When peace shall over all the earth,
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

JINGLE BELLS

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way.
Bells on bobbed tails ring, making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side; The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot, We ran into a drifted bank, and there we got upsot.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy...

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found...

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love...

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Come, they told me, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our newborn King to see, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our finest gifts we'll bring, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
To lay before the King, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Rum-pa-pum-pum, rum-pa-pum-pum.
So to honor Him, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, When we come.

Baby Jesu, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I am a poor boy, too, Pa-rum...
I have no gift to bring, Pa-rum...
That's fit to give a King, Pa-rum...
Rum-pa-pum-pum, rum-pa-pum-pum.
Shall I play for you, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, On my drum?

Mary nodded, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
The ox and lamb kept time, Pa-rum...
I played my drum for Him, Pa-rum...
I played my best for Him, Pa-rum...
Rum-pa-pum-pum, rum-pa-pum-pum.
Then He smiled at me, Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, Me and my drum.

THE FIRST NOEL

The first Noel the angels did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Chorus: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.

They look-ed up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Chorus

And by the light of that same star
Three Wisemen came from country far.
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Chorus

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Chorus

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 …
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O sing, all ye bright hosts of heaven above,
Glory to God, glory in the highest,
Chorus

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv'n.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing,
Chorus

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie. Above the 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.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth. And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv'n. 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 Emanuel.

PATAPAN

Willie take your little drum, Robin take your flute and come, When we hear the music gay, Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan, When we hear the music gay, Noel, Noel, we say.

Long ago was born a King, to Him we now do sing, Play your music sweet and clear, Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan Play your music sweet and clear, sounding Noels of good cheer.

He was born on Christmas Day, celebrate with us, come play, Let the music sound again, Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan, Let the music sound again, merry Christmas to all men.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names; They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy, Christmas eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight? Then how the reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, you'll go down in history.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

You better watch out, you better not cry,
You better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He's making a list, checking it twice,
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you're sleeping,
He knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!

SILENT NIGHT

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child, holy Infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light, Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

WE THREE KINGS

We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar; Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
Chorus: O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to Thy perfect light.

Born a Babe on Bethlehem's plain, gold I bring to crown Him again. King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign.
Chorus

Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a deity nigh,
Prayer and praising, all men raising, worship God on high.
Chorus.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering doom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
Chorus.

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia! Sounds through the earth and skies.
Chorus

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Chorus: Glad tidings we bring, to you and your kin, Glad tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

So bring us some figgy pudding, so bring us some figgy pudding, So bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right here.
Chorus

We won't go until we get some, we won't go until we get some, We won't go until we get some, so bring it right now.
Chorus

Copyright 2005 Christopher Keene

And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world.

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