Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)


Lyrics

1. On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring

Refrain
News of great joy news of great mirth
News of our merciful King’s birth
When from our sin he set us free
All for to gain our liberty?

2. Then why should men on earth be so sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad
Then why should men on earth be so sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad Chorus

3. When sin departs before his grace
Then life and health come in its place
When in its place, angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the new born King Chorus

4. All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night
Glory to God and peace to men
Now and forever more, Amen.


Different Versions

There are at least two versions of this tune. See here for more.

  1. Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk’s Gate, near Horsham, Sussex (hence “Sussex Carol”)
  2. Cecil Sharp in Buckland, Gloucestershire (source)

On Christmas Night


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Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords – 2 versions, Orff arrangement of the Vaughn Williams version
  • 2 MIDI files
  • Listen



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