Christmas of Old (Traditional)

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Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2004-12-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Adriano Secco.

General Information

Title: Christmas of Old
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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God rest you, Chrysten gentil men, wherever you may be,
God rest you all in fielde or hall, or on ye stormy sea,
for on this morn oure Chryst is born that saveth you and me.

Last night ye shepherds in ye east saw many a wondrous thing,
ye sky last night flamed passing bright whiles that ye stars did sing,
and angels came to bless ye name of Jesus Chryst, oure King.

God rest you, Chrysten gentil men, faring where'er you may;
in noblesse court do thou no sport, in tournament no playe,
in paynim lands hold thou thy hands from bloudy works this day,

But thinking on ye gentil Lord that died upon ye tree,
let troublings cease and deeds of peace abound in Chrystantie;
for on this morn ye Chryst is born that saveth you and me.