1. Now when the tiny baby In Beth'lem manger did lie The night appeared as bright as the sun In the midday sky. Yet the stars glowed with such great beauty, Shining like harbingers, speaking to all; A brighter star did beam; It called the magi from the east - With its glorious summ'ning gleam.
2. Then over all the earth did war and discord cease, The roaring lion with the lamb was seen to graze in peace. See how the leopard and fatling together in the fields gamble and play, The bear with the calf feed, And wolves, at one with sheep, no longer show their greed.
3. The shepherds watch are keeping beneath the midnight sky, When suddenly, with sunlike blaze, An angel calls from on high: "Be not afraid, calm your fear, I bring you good tidings of great joy, Be happy and rejoice! For lo, this night, this very night to earth comes paradise.
Some alternative words to this carol:
Neapolitan Bagpipe Carol 1. Now when the new-born baby In Bethlehem did lie The night appeared as bright as the sun In the shining noonday sky. Shining so brightly, glowing so lightly, Thousands of stars cast their light upon earth To greatest and to least. The brightest of all shone out to call The wise men from the East.
2. To shepherds in the meadows
Who watched their flocks by night An angel came in the heart of the fold All ringed with heavenly light. “Shepherds so humble, shepherds so faithful, Lift up your eyes, be not afraid – Glad tidings you I bring, For Christ the Lord, the dear Son of God, Is born to be your King.”
3. Then men gave up their strife And peace with mercy came: The leopard so wild lay down with the calf And the lion with the lamb. No more anger, no more danger; Swords into ploughshares, joy upon earth: The wolf shall guard the fold. All creatures rejoice with heart and voice – Good will to all the world.