Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)

Version 1

Lyrics

(Traditional British carol, collected by Ralph Vaughn Williams in Sussex, Lyrics 17th century)

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.

Version 2

(Traditional British carol, collected by Cecil Sharp, Lyrics 17th century)

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

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