Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night All Christians Sing)

Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night all Christians sing)

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“Sussex Carol” (“On Christmas night all Christians sing”) is a popular British carol. Its words were first published by Luke Wadding, a 17th-century Irish bishop, in a work called Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (1684).

Both the text and the tune to which it is now sung were discovered and written down by Cecil Sharp in Buckland, Gloucestershire, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk’s Gate, near Horsham, Sussex (hence “Sussex Carol”). The tune to which it is generally sung today is the one Vaughan Williams took down from Mrs. Verrall and published in 1919.

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Lyrics

1. On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring.
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring.
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

2. Then why should men on earth be so sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad.
Then why should men on earth be so sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad.
When from our sin he set us free,
All for to gain our liberty?

3. When sin departs before His grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
When sin departs before His grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the new-born King.

4. All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night.
All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night.
“Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore, Amen!


 

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“Sussex carol” (“On Christmas night all Christians sing”) (instrumental, 1:43 – 6/8 – 132 bpm)

 


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