Sussex Carol

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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:
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should we on earth be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad:
Then why should we on earth be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad:
When from our sin he set us free,
All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace,
Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace,
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing,
All for to see the new-born King.

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light
Wwhich made the angels sing this night:
“Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and forevermore. Amen.”

~ Luke Wadding, 1628-1691, England

Tune: Sussex Carol

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