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Sung Under The Window.

“This carol they began that hour With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino!

Shakespeare.

WHO'S THERE ?

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,
Who ys there that syngith so, nowell, nowell,

nowell ?

I am here, syre Christmasse !
Well come, my lord syre Christmasse,
Welcome to us all, bothe more and lesse,

Come nere, nowell!

Dieu vous garde, beau syre, tydinges you bryng:
A mayd hath born a chylde full yong,
The weche causeth yew for to syng,

Nowell!
Criste is now born of a pure mayde,
In an oxe stalle he ys layde,
Wher'for syng we alle atte abrayde

Nowell! Bebbex bien par tutte la company, Make gode chere and be right mery, And syng with us now joyfully,

Nowell!

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GOD REST YOU MERRY, GENTLEMEN.

God rest you merry, gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour

Was born upon this day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour was born

on Christmas day.

In Bethlehem in Jewry

This blessed babe was born,
And laid within a manger

Upon this blessed morn;
The which His mother Mary
Nothing did take in scorn.

O tidings, etc.

From God our Heavenly Father

A blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

O tidings, etc.

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.

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Fear not, then said the angel,

Let nothing you affright, This day is born a Saviour

Of virtue, power, and might; So frequently to vanquish all The friends of Satan quite.

O tidings, etc. The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoicéd much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding

In tempest, storm, and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
This blessed babe to find.

O tidings, etc. But when to Bethlehem they came,

Whereat this infant lay, They found Him in a manger

Where oxen feed on hay; His mother Mary kneeling Unto the Lord did pray.

O tidings, etc. Now to the Lord sing praises,

All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All others doth deface.

O tidings, etc.

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