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Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Fantasia on Christmas Carols
 
This is the truth sent from above,
the truth of God, the god of love:
Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
but hearken all, both rich and poor.
The first thing which I will relate
is that God did man create,
the next thing which to you I’ll tell,
woman was made with man to dwell.
 
Then, after this, ‘twas God’s own choice
to place them both in Paradise,
there to remain, from evil free,
except they ate of such a tree.
 
And they did eat, which was a sin,
and thus their ruin did begin,
ruined themselves, both you and me,
and all of their posterity.
Thus we were heirs to endless woes,
till God the Lord did interpose,
and so a promise soon did run,
that he would redeem us by his son.
 
Come all you worthy gentlemen that may be standing by,
Christ our blessed Saviour was born on Christmas day.
The blessed Virgin Mary unto the Lord did pray,
O, we wish you the comfort and tidings of joy!
 
Christ our Blessed Saviour now in the manger lay
He’s lying in the manger, while the oxen feed on hay.
The blessed Virgin Mary unto the Lord did pray,
O, we wish you the comfort and tidings of joy!
 
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 Kings birth.
News of our merciful Kings sin
When sin departs before thy grace,
then life and health come in its place.
Angels and men with joy may sing, all for to see the newborn King.
 
God bless the ruler of this house and long on may he reign,
Many happy Christmases he live to see again!
From out of darkness we have light
which makes the angels sing this night.
 
God bless our generation, who live both far and near
And we wish them a happy, a happy New Year.
‘Glory to god and peace to men.
Both now and evermore Amen’
 
God bless the ruler of this house and long on may he reign,
many happy Christmases he live to see again!
God bless our generation, who live both far and near
and we wish them a happy, a happy New Year.
Both now and evermore, Amen.



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