Sussex Carol

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Collected from the oral tradition by RVW in 1904 (informant: Mrs Verrall). For a different version, collected 1912, see also Sussex Carol (George Butterworth SATB.

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1  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,
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;
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:
'Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore. Amen.'

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