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Remember, O Thou Man.

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The Angels all did sing,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
The Angels all did sing

On Sion hill.
The Angels all did sing
Praises to our heavenly king,
And peace to man living,

With right good-will.
The Shepherds amazed was,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
The Shepherds amazed was

To hear the angels sing,
The Shepherds amazed was
How this should come to pass,
That Christ our Messias

Should be our King.
To Bethlehem did they go,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
To Bethlehem did they go

This thing to see.
To Bethlehem did they go
To see whether it was so,
Whether Christ was born or no,

To set us free.
As the Angels before did say,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
As the Angels before did say,
So it came to pass.

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He was.

As the Angels before did say,
They found Him wrapt in hay
In a manger where He lay,
So

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In Bethlehem was He born,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
In Bethlehem was He born

For mankind dear.
In Bethlehem was He born
For us that were forlorn,
And therefore took no scorn

Our sins to bear.

In a manger laid He was,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
In a manger laid He was

At this time present.
In a manger laid He was
Between an ox and an ass,
And all for our trespass,

Therefore repent.
Give thanks to God always,
O thou Man, O thou Man;
Give thanks to God always

With hearts most jolly.
Give thanks to God always
Upon this blessed day,
Let all men sing and say,
Holy, Holy

Ravenscroft's Melismata, A.D. 1611.

The Singers in the Snow.

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THE SINGERS IN THE SNOW.

God bless the master of this house

And all that are therein,
And to begin this Christmas tide

With mirth now let us sing.
For the Saviour of all people

Upon this time was born, Who did from death deliver us,

When we were left forlorn.

Then let us all most merry be,

And sing with cheerful voice, For we have good occasion now This time for to rejoice.

For, etc.

Then put away contention all,

And fall no more at strife, Let

every man with cheerfulness Embrace his loving wife.

For, etc.

With plenteous food your houses store,

Provide some wholesome cheer, And call your friends together That live both far and near.

For, etc.

Then let us all most merry be,

Since that we are come here, And we do hope before we part To taste some of your beer.

For, etc.

Your beer, your beer, your Christmas beer,

That seems to be so strong;
And we do wish that Christinas-tide
Was twenty times so long.

For, etc.

Then sing with voices cheerfully,

For Christ this time was born, Who did from death deliver us, When we were left forlorn.

For, etc.

A Christmas Chorus.

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A CHRISTMAS CHORUS.

Here is joy for every age-
Every generation;
Prince and peasant, chief and sage,
Every tongue and nation,
Every tongue and nation,
Every rank and station,
Hath to-day salvation.

Alleluia !

When the world drew near its close,
Came our Lord and leader;
From the lily came the rose,
From the bush the cedar,
From the bush the cedar,
From the judge the pleader,
From the saint the feeder.

Alleluia!

God, that came on earth this morn,
In a manger lying,
Hallow'd birth by being born,
Vanquished death by dying,
Vanquished death by dying,
Rallied back the flying,
Ended sin and sighing.

Alleluia !

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