Christmas Carols

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Christians, Awake!

  1. Christians, awake!
    Salute the happy morn
    Whereon the Saviour of the
    World was born.
    Rise to adore
    The mystery of love,
    Which hosts of angels chanted
    From above;
    With them the joyful
    Tidings first begun
    Of God incarnate
    And the Virgin's Son.
  2. Then to the watchful
    Shepherds it was told,
    Who heard th' angelic herald's
    Voice: "Behold,
    I bring good tidings
    Of a Saviour's birth
    To you and all the nations
    Upon earth;
    This day hath God fulfilled
    His promised Word:
    This day is born a Saviour,
    Christ the Lord."
  3. He spake; and straightaway
    The celestial choir,
    In hymns of joy,
    Unknown before, conspire;
    The praises of
    Redeeming love they sang
    And heaven's whole orb
    With alleluias rang;
    God's highest glory
    Was their anthem still:
    Peace upon earth
    And unto men goodwill.
  4. To Bethl’em straight
    Th' enlightened shepherds ran,
    To see the wonder
    God had wrought for man;
    And found, with Joseph
    And the blessèd Maid,
    Her Son, the Saviour,
    In a manger laid;
    Then to their flocks,
    Still praising God, return,
    And their glad hearts
    Within their bosoms burn.
  5. Now may we keep
    And ponder in our mind
    God's wondrous love
    In saving lost mankind!
    Trace we the Babe,
    Who hath retrieved our loss,
    From His poor manger
    To His bitter cross,
    Tread in His steps,
    Assisted by His grace,
    Till man's first heav'nly state
    Again takes place.
  6. Then may we hope,
    Th' angelic hosts among,
    To sing, redeemed,
    A glad triumphal song.
    He that was born
    Upon this joyful day
    Around us all
    His glory shall display;
    Saved by His love,
    Incessant we shall sing
    Eternal praise to
    Heav'n's almighty King.