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The only Son of God was he,
The Lord and God most Highest ; And he is the true Shepherd; The young child Jesus Christ.
Then was there with the angel
An host incontinent Of heavenly bright soldiers, Which from the Highest was sent.
Lauding the Lord our God,
And his Celestial King;
Glory be unto our God.
That sitteth still on high, With praises and with triumph great, And joyful melody.
But when this holy army
Of heavenly soldiers bright
The which the holy prophets
Spake of long time before, That from the fall of Adam He should us all restore.
The shepherds hearts were joyful
At this great glorious news, That the King of all kings was risen amongst the Jews.
Without the least of hinderance
Anon they went in then, And found the young child Jesus Christ Thus born in Bethlehem.
And as the angel told them,
So to them did appear ; They found the young child Jesus Christ With Mary his mother dear.
Not sumptuously, but simply,
Was the young King array'd ;
No pride at all was found
In this most holy Child,
His body unto bitter pains
He gave to set us free:
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
All glory be therefore,
[For Christmas Day in the Morning, from Sandys, p. 74.]
The first Nowell the Angell did say
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
They looked up and saw a star
And by the light of that same star,
This star drew nigh to the North West,
Then did they know assuredly
Then enter'd in those Wise Men three
Between an ox stall and an ass,
Then let us all with one accord
If we in our time shall do well,
[From Sandys, p. 99.]
COME rejoice, all good Christians,
And rejoice now, I pray,
Was born on this day,
And a cottage so poor ;