A child this day is born (Traditional)

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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Harmonized by Rod Mather.

General Information

Title: A child this day is born
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description: Words and melody traditional from Sandys Christmas Carols.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

A child this day is born,
a child of high renown;
most worthy of a scepter,
a scepter and a crown

Nowell, nowell, nowell,
nowell sing all we may,
because the King of all kings
was born on Christmas day.

These tidings shepherds herd
whilst watching oer their fold;
twas by an angel unto them
that night revealed and told

To whom the angel spoke,
and said, "be not afraid;
be glad, you blessed shepherds,
why are you so dismayed?

Today I bring you news
of gladness and of mirth,
Which cometh to all peoples by
this holy infants birth."

Then was there with the angel
a host from God on high
An angel throng that sang their song
when they to earth drew nigh!

They praised the Lord our God,
and our celestial king:
"All glory be in paradise,"
the heavenly host did sing

And as the angel told them
so to them did appear;
they found the young child Jesus Christ
with Mary his mother dear.

All glory be to God
that sitteth still on high,
With praises and with triumph great
and joyful melody.