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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.

Novels, &c.

Then was there with the angel

An host incontinent Of heavenly bright soldiers, Which from the Highest was sent.

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Lauding the Lord our God,

And his Celestial King;
All glory be in paradise,
This heavenly host did sing.

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Glory be unto our God.

That sitteth still on high, With praises and with triumph great, And joyful melody.

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But when this holy army

Of heavenly soldiers bright
Was unto God returned
And vanished out of sight;

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The which the holy prophets

Spake of long time before, That from the fall of Adam He should us all restore.

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The shepherds hearts were joyful

At this great glorious news, That the King of all kings was risen amongst the Jews.

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Without the least of hinderance

Anon they went in then, And found the young child Jesus Christ Thus born in Bethlehem.

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And as the angel told them,

So to them did appear ; They found the young child Jesus Christ With Mary his mother dear.

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Not sumptuously, but simply,

Was the young King array'd ;
A manger was the cradle
Where the young child was laid.

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No pride at all was found

In this most holy Child,
But he being void of all sin,
The Lamb of God most mild.

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His body unto bitter pains

He gave to set us free:
He is our Saviour Jesus Christ,
And none but only he.

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To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

All glory be therefore,
To whom be all dominion
Both now and evermore !

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XLVIII.

[For Christmas Day in the Morning, from Sandys, p. 74.]

The first Nowell the Angell did say
Was to three poor Shepherds in the fields as they lay ;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
In a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

Nowel, &c.

And by the light of that same star,
Three Wise Men came from country far ;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

Nowel, &c.

This star drew nigh to the North West,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it took both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Nowell, &c.

Then did they know assuredly
Within that house the King did lie;
One entered in then for to see,
And found the babe in poverty,

Nowell, &c.

Then enter'd in those Wise Men three
Most reverently upon their knee,
And offer'd there in his presence,
Both gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

Nowell, &c.

Between an ox stall and an ass,
This child truly there born he was ;
For want of clothing they did him lay
In the manger, among the hay.

Nowell, &c.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with his blood mankind hath bought,

Nowell, &c.

If we in our time shall do well,
We shall be free from death and Hell,
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting place in generall.

Nowell, &c.

XLIX.

[From Sandys, p. 99.]

COME rejoice, all good Christians,

And rejoice now, I pray,
For joy our Redeemer

Was born on this day,
In the city of David,

And a cottage so poor ;

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