For to redeem our souls from thrall
Christ is the saviour of us all.
The twenty-fifth day of December
We have good cause to remember
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born
But mark how all things came to pass
The inn and lodgings filled was
That they could find no room at all
But in a straw-filled oxes stall.
Near Bethlehem some shepherds keep
Their flocks and herds of feeding sheep
To whom God's angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went this babe to find.
And as the heavenly angels told
They did our saviour Christ behold.
Three eastern wise men from afar,
Directed by a glorious star
Came boldly on and made no stay,
Until they came where Jesus lay.
And being come unto that place
Where the blessed Messiah was
They humbly laid before his feet
Their gifts of gold and incense sweet.
See how the Lord of heaven and earth
Shewd himself lowly in his birth;
A sweet example for mankind
To learn to bear an humble mind.
Let all your songs and praises be
Unto his heavenly majesty
And evermore amongst our mirth
Remember Christ our Saviour's birth.
Let all that are to mirth inclined
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved Son
Traditional English, arranged by Loreena McKennitt
From: To drive the cold winter away (1987).
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