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skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 20 Dec 2007 16:21

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 20 Dec 2007 15:39

nudge

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 20 Dec 2007 12:01

Auld Lang Syne a Christmas & New year poem by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered mony a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled i' the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught

For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 20 Dec 2007 09:59

'Christmas Bells' poem

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 20 Dec 2007 09:47

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 Dec 2007 09:40

"Joseph dearest, Joseph mine,
Help me cradle the child divine;
God reward thee and All that's thine
In paradise,"
So prays the mother Mary.

Chorus
He came among us at Christmastide,
At Christmastide, in Bethlehem;
Men shall bring Him from far and wide
Love's diadem: Jesus, Jesus,
Lo, He comes, and loves, and saves, and frees us!

"Gladly, dear one, lady mine,
Help I cradle this child of thine;
God's own light on us both shall shine
In paradise,
As prays the mother Mary."
Chorus

Peace to all that have goodwill!
God, who heaven and earth doth fill,
Comes to turn us away from ill,
And lies so still
Within the crib of Mary.
Chorus

All shall come and bow the knee,
Wise and happy their souls shall be.
Loving such a divinity
As all may see
In Jesus, Son of Mary.
Chorus

Now is born Emmanual,
Prophesied once by Ezekiel,
Promised Mary by Gabriel,
Ah, who can tell
Thy praises, Son of Mary.
Chorus

Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, the Father’s eternal Word,
Greater than aught that ear has heard,
Thou tiny bird
Of love, thou Son of Mary.
Chorus

Sweet and lovely little one,
Thou princely, beautiful, God’s own Son,
Without thee all of us were undone;
Our love is Won
By thing, O Son of Mary.
Chorus

Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, thou art all we need;
We will follow where thou dost lead,
And we will heed
Our brother, born of Mary.
Chorus

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Dec 2007 14:46

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 18 Dec 2007 19:12

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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 18 Dec 2007 16:32

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 9 Dec 2007 14:28

If all were now as it was when
Christ came to save us all,
And Christmas Day were Christmas Day,
Not some day we recall;

And in the East we saw a star
Exceptionally bright,
And wondered what was going on
That ordinary night;

If God were walking in our midst,
Saying what He said,
And we were not His followers,
But trod where He would tread;

And we were witness to His word
And looked Him in the eye,
And found His message interesting
But too bizarre to buy;

If we were in Jerusalem
And watched Him bear the cross,
And suffered with His suffering
But feared to share His loss;

And saw Him die in agony,
And wondered at it all,
And this were something we ourselves,
Not printed books, recall:

What would be the difference,
Had we known Him that way,
Between the faith we feared to feel
And what we fear today?

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 8 Dec 2007 00:27

Thank you for all the contributions.

Angela, I have sent a PM to Philip. I remembered it was a sad time for him and his family last year near Christmas and said I'd be thinking of them near the anniversary.

VIVinHERTS

VIVinHERTS Report 7 Dec 2007 23:05

Three Kings.

Three Kings from Persian lands afar
To Jordan follow the pointing star:
And this the quest of the travellers three,
Where the newborn King of the Jews may be.
Full royal gifts they bear for the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.


The star shines out with a steadfast ray;
The kings to Bethlehem make their way,
And there in worship they bend the knee,
As Mary’s child in her lap they see;
Their royal gifts they show to the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.


Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
The Kings are travelling, travel with them!
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
Shall lead thy heart to its resting place.
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
Offer thy heart to the infant King.

P. Cornelius



Choral

How brightly shines the morning star!
With grace and truth from heaven afar
Our Jesse tree now bloweth.

Of Jacob’s stem and David’s line,
For thee, my Bridegroom, King divine,
My soul with love o’er floweth.

Thy word, Jesu, Inly feeds us,
Rightly leads us, Life bestowing.
Praise, O praise such love o’er flowing.


This is my all time favourite Christmas choral work.

VIVinHERTS

VIVinHERTS Report 7 Dec 2007 22:35

On Jordan's Banks


On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within,
prepare we in our hearts a home
where such a mighty Guest may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

To heal the sick stretch out thine hand,
and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth and let thy light restore
earth's own true loveliness once more.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.

C. Coffin

VIVinHERTS

VIVinHERTS Report 7 Dec 2007 22:32

Hills of the North Rejoice.

Hills of the North, rejoice;
River and mountain spring,
Hark to the advent voice;
Valley and lowland, sing;
Though absent long, your Lord is nigh;
He judgment brings and victory.

Isles of the southern seas,
Deep in your coral caves
Pent be each warring breeze,
Lulled be your restless waves:
He comes to reign with boundless sway,
And makes your wastes His great highway.

Lands of the East, awake,
Soon shall your sons be free;
The sleep of ages break,
And rise to liberty.
On your far hills, long cold and gray,
Has dawned the everlasting day.

Shores of the utmost West,
Ye that have waited long,
Unvisited, unblest,
Break forth to swelling song;
High raise the note, that Jesus died,
Yet lives and reigns, the Crucified.

Shout, while ye journey home;
Songs be in every mouth;
Lo, from the North we come,
From East, and West, and South.
City of God, the bond are free,
We come to live and reign in thee!

C.E. Oakley

Angela now in Wilts (not North Devon)

Angela now in Wilts (not North Devon) Report 7 Dec 2007 22:28

This is my absolute favourite. I heard it on the radio this afternoon & it brought a tear to my eye & a lump to my throat. (Sung in the alto part, because that's what I know!)

Courtesy of Hector Berlioz.

'Shepherds Farewell'

Thou must leave Thy lowly dwelling, the humble crib, the stable bare ...
Babe, all mortal babes excelling, content our earthly lot to share ...
Loving father, loving mother, shelter Thee with tender care ...
Loving father, loving mother, shelter Thee with tender care ...
Shelter Thee with tender care ...

Blessed Jesus, we implore Thee ... with humble love and holy fear ...
In the land that lies before Thee ... forget not us who linger here ...
May the shepherd's lowly calling ... ever to Thy heart be dear ...
May the shepherd's lowly calling ... ever to Thy heart be dear ...
Ever to Thy heart be dear ...

Blest are ye beyond all measure ... Thou happy father, mother mild ...
Guard ye well your Heav'nly Treasure ... the Prince of Peace, the Holy Child ...
God go with you, God protect you ... guide you safely through the wild ...
God go with you, God protect you ... guide you safely through the wild ...
Guide you safely through the wild.

Angelina

Angelina Report 7 Dec 2007 22:18

Follow the star

We have travelled very far
we have to follow,follow the star
pathway guided from afar
we have to follow ,follow the star.

Mountains very very high
we have to follow,follow the star,
Desert very ,very dry
we have to follow ,follow the star.

For the joy of seeing Jesus ,the Messiah of mankind
its a privilege to worship,what a treasure what a find-what a find.

We bring presents for the King
we have to follow,follow the star
Hope he likes our offerings
we have to follow, follow the star.

Gold and frankinscense and myrrh
we have to follow,follow the star
What an honour to confer
we have to follow,follow the star

For the joy of seeing Jesus ,the Messiah of mankind
its a privilege to worship,what a treasure what a find-what a find.

AB xx

Angela now in Wilts (not North Devon)

Angela now in Wilts (not North Devon) Report 7 Dec 2007 22:15

Hello Joy (where's Philip this year?),

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
bye, bye, lully lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
for to preserve this day,
this poor youngling for whom we sing,
bye, bye lully lullay.

Herod the king in his raging,
charged he hath this day,
his men of night, in his own sight,
all young children to slay.

Then woe is me, poor child, for thee!
And every morn and day,
for thy parting not say nor sing
bye, bye, lully lullay.

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
bye, bye, lully lullay

Angela

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 Dec 2007 22:07

Christmas Children

An acrostic for the primary grade. Each child wears a large gilt star around his neck. As he begins to speak, he turns it over, showing his letter on the reverse side.


All: Happy children here we stand.
Bringing words of love;
For on this glad Christmas day
Christ came from above.


First child: C is for the Christ Who came
To this lowly earth.
Second child: H is for the harps that rang
At our Saviour's birth.
Third child: R is for the ringing bells,
Telling Christmas-tide.
Fourth child: I is for the crystal ice
Where we go to slide.
Fifth child: S is for the schoolboy's sled
When he coasting goes.
Sixth child: T is for poor Tommy Jones—
Jack Frost bit his nose.
Seventh child: M is for the merry part
Of this Christmas day,
Eighth child: A is for the apple pies
Grandma put away.
Ninth child: S is for old Santa Claus,
Coming here to-night.
Hope he'll wait till nearly morn,
So it will be light.

All: Yes, we're happy children nine,
And to each we're true,
Three cheers for jolly Santa Claus,
A happy day to you.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 Dec 2007 10:07

You're welcome, Gwyn.

Leni

Leni Report 7 Dec 2007 09:47

I have just come across this thread,thank you Joy for posting it.The carols are lovely.
They put the CHRIST back into Christmas. In all the rushing around and buying presents etc. sometimes He gets overlooked.

Gwyn