Christmas Carols

Click on (most of) the song titles for the lyrics, score, and/or a midi or other audio file of the music. Some of the words and melodies we use in class may differ from the online versions. Links to Christmas carol sites below.
Here We Come A-Caroling  
sung by Perry Como
English; originally,
Here We Come a-Wassailing version 3

1. Here we come a-caroling,
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wandering,
So fair to be seen.

(Refrain) Love and joy come to you,
And to you glad Christmas, too.
And God bless you and send you
A happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year.

2. We are not daily beggars
That beg from door to door,
But we are neighbors' children
Whom you have seen before.

3. God bless the master of this house,
Likewise the mistress, too,
And all the little children
That 'round the table go.

4. And all your kin and kinsfolk
That dwell both far and near,
I wish you Merry Christmas
And Happy New Year.

What Child Is This?
sheet music William Dix, ca. 1865
17th century English air  Am

1. What Child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping.
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The Babe, the son of Mary.

2. Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,
The Cross be borne, for me, for you.
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the son of Mary.

3. So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise the song on high
The Virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy, for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen version 2
sheet music English  Am

1. God rest ye merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember, Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day,
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray.

O, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O, tidings of comfort and joy.

2. In Bethlehem in Judea,
This blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn.
The which his mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn.

3. From God, our Heav'nly Father,
A blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

4. "Fear not," then said the angel,
"Let nothing you afright,
This day is born a Savior
Of virtue, pow'r, and might,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's pow'r and might."

5. The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The blessed Babe to find.

We Three Kings of Orient Are
sheet music
John H. Hopkins, 1857  Am

1. We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

2. Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again.
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

3. Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God most high.

4. Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorr'wing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

5. Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice,
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Earth to the heav'ns replies.

The Boar's Head Carol
lyrics version 2 version 3
sheet music 17th/18th cent. English  A

1. The boar's head in hand bear I,
Bedecked with bays and rosemary;
And I pray you, my masters, be merry,
Quot estis in convivio.
('You who are at this feast.')

(Refrain:) Caput apri defero,
Reddens laudes Domino.
('The boar's head I bear,
giving praises to the Lord.')

2. The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the finest dish in all the land,
When thus bedecked with a gay garland;
Let us servire cantico.
('Serve by singing.') (refrain)

3. Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of Bliss,
Which on this day to be serv-ed is,
In Reginensi atrio.
('In the royal hall.') (refrain)

Still, Still, Still
German text
Traditional Austrian  C

1. Still, still, still,
Weil's Kindlein schlafen will.
Maria tut es niedersingen,
Ihre keusche Brust darbringen.
Still, still, still,
Weil's Kindlein schlafen will.

2. Schlaf, schlaf, schlaf,
Mein liebes Kindlein, schlaf!
Die Engel tun schön musizieren,
Bei dem Kindlein jublilieren
Schlaf, schlaf, schlaf,
Mein liebes Kindlein, schlaf!

1. Still, still, still,
He sleeps this night so chill!
The Virgin's tender
arms enfolding,
Warm and safe the
Child are holding.
Still, still, still,
He sleeps this night so chill.

2. Sleep, sleep, sleep,
He lies in slumber deep.
While angel hosts
from heaven come winging,
Sweetest songs
of joy are singing,
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
He lies in slumber deep.

Fum, Fum, Fum
Spanish/Catalonian  Em

1.Veinticinco de diciembre,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Veinticinco de diciembre,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Nacido ha por nuestro amor
El Niño Dios, el Niño Dios;
Hoy de la virgen María
En esta noche tan fría,
¡Fum, fum, fum!

1. On December five and twenty,
Foom, foom, foom!
On December five and twenty,
Foom, foom, foom!
For the love of us is giv'n
The holy Infant, Son of Heav'n.
Of the Virgin, Joseph's bride,
To all the earth good will betiding,
Foom, foom, foom!

2. Pajaritos de los bosques,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Pajaritos de los bosques,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Vuestros hijos de coral
Abandonad, abandonad,
Y formad un muelle nido
A Jesús recién nacido,
¡Fum, fum, fum!

3. Estrellitas de los cielos,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Estrellitas de los cielos,
¡Fum, fum, fum!
Que a Jesús miráis llorar
Y no lloráis, y no lloráis,
Alumbrad la noche oscura
Con vuestra luz clara y pura,
¡Fum, fum, fum!

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (text)
sung version 2 sung version 3
Silent Night
sheet music   many versions G
Joseph Mohr, 1816 (1792-1848)

1. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe mit lockigem Haar,
|: Schlaf' in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Christ in deiner Geburt! :|

1. Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Good King Wenceslas text and notes
version 2 sheet music
John M. Neale, 1853  G

1. Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the wind was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel.

2. 'Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou know'st it, telling;
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?'
'Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain.
Right against the forest fence,
By Saint Agnes' fountain.'

3. 'Bring me flesh and bring me wine,
Bring me pinelogs hither;
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear them thither.'
Page and monarch forth they went,
Forth they went together.
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather.'

4. 'Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.'
'Mark my footsteps, my good page,
Tread thou in them boldly.
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.'

5. In his master's steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.

Deck the Halls
version 2
sheet music Welsh  C

1. Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

2. See the blazing Yule before us,
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
Follow me in merry measure,
While I tell of Yuletide treasure.

3. Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Sing we joyous all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather.

Behold That Star!
sheet music
Thomas W. Talley  C

(Refrain:) Behold that star!
Behold that star up yonder,
Behold that star!
It is the star of Bethlehem.

1. There was no room found in the inn,
(It is the star of Bethlehem.)
For Him who was born free from sin.
(It is the star of Bethlehem.) (refrain)

2. The wise men travelled from the East,
To worship Him, the Prince of Peace.

3. A song broke forth upon the night,
From angel hosts all robed in white. (Refrain)

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
sheet music English  D

1. We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

(Refrain:) Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin.
Good tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

2. Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
(x 3),
And bring it right here.

3. We won't go until we get some (x 3),
So bring it right here.

4. We all like our figgy pudding (x 3),
With all its good cheer. (Repeat 1.)

The Twelve Days Of Christmas
sheet music
English  D

1. On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

2. On the second day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

3.-12. third...three French hens;
fourth...four calling birds;
fifth...five golden rings;
sixth...six geese a-laying; swans a-swimming;
eighth...eight maids a-milking;
ninth...nine ladies dancing;
tenth...ten lords a-leaping;
eleventh...eleven pipers piping;
twelfth...twelve drummers drumming.

Good Christian Men, Rejoice
version II
In Dulci Jubilo
sheet music Latin sheet music
John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
14th century German Carol

1. Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow,
And He is in the manger now;
Christ is born today! (x2)

2. Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss;
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door,
And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! (x2)

3. Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave;
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all,
To gain His everlasting hall;
Christ was born to save! (x2)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! version 2 sheet music   C
Charles Wesley; Felix Mendelssohn

1. Hark, the herald angels sing,
'Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.'
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic hosts proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
(Refrain:) Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

2. Christ, by highest heav'n adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Come, Desire of Nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
See th'incarnate Deity;
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel! (refrain)

3. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild he lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth! (refrain)

Le Sommeil de l'Enfant Jesus   Am
(The Sleep of the Infant Jesus) Traditional French

1. Entre le boeuf et l 'âne gris,
Dors, dors, dors le petit fils.

Refrain: Mille anges divins,
Mille séraphins,
Volent à l'entour de ce grand Dieu d'amour.

2. Entre les roses et les lys,
Dors, dors, dors le petit fils.

3. Entre les pastoureaux jolis,
Dors, dors, dors le petit fils.

1. Here 'twixt the ass and oxen mild,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, Thou little child.

(Refrain:) Angels pure and white,
Guard thee through the night,
Hovering o'er the cradle of the God of Light.

2. Here, with the rose and lily bright

3. Here, 'mid the shepherds' great delight

Veni, Emmanuel version 2
version 3
version 4 version 5
O come, o come Emmanuel sheet music (pdf)
sheet music 2   Am
9th century Latin; 13th century plainsong

1. O come, o come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to Thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Dayspring,
Come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

1. Veni, veni Emmanuel,
Captivum solve Israel,
Qui gemit in exilio
Privatus Dei filio.

(Refrain) Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel;
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

2. Veni, veni, O Oriens,
Solare nos adveniens:
Noctis despelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras. (Refrain)

Puer Natus in Bethlehem
A Boy is Born in Bethlehem
text 1
text 2 midi English sheet music
14th century Latin carol   Em

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem, Alleluja!
Unde gaudet Jerusalem. Alleluja, Alleluja!

2. Per Gabrielem nuntiam, Alleluja!
Virgo concepit Filium, Alleluja, Alleluja!

3. Reges de Saba veniunt, Alleluja!
Aurum, thus, myrrham offerunt,
Alleluja, Alleluja!

4. Laudetur sancta Trinitas, Alleluja!
Deo dicamus gratias, Alleluja, Alleluja!

1. A Boy is born in Bethlehem, Alleluja!
And joy is in Jerusalem, Alleluja, Alleluja!

2. Through Gabriel,
Heav'ns appointed one,
The Virgin bears a holy Son.

3. The wisest kings of Orient,
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh present.

4. Laud to the Holy Trinity,
All thanks and praise to God on high.

Carol of the birds version 2 version 3   
Traditional French Em

1. Whence comes this rush of wings afar,
Following straight the Noel star?
Birds from the woods in wondrous flight
Bethlehem seek this holy night.

2. "Tell us, ye birds, why come ye here,
Into this stable, poor and drear?"
"Hast'ning we seek the newborn King,
And all our sweetest music bring."

3. Angels and shepherds, birds of the sky,
Come where the Son of God doth lie;
Christ on earth with man doth dwell,
Join in the shout, "Noel, Noel!"

Echo carol German text   G

1. Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht
Ein Engel mir die Botschaft bracht.

Des bin ich froh, bin ich froh,
Froh, froh, froh; froh, froh, froh!
|: Benedicamus Domino. :|

2. Er sagt', Es soll geboren sein
Zu Bethlehem ein Kindelein (Refrain)

3. Er sagt', das Kind lag da im Stall
Und soll die Welt erlösen all. (Refrain)

1. While by my sheep I watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright:

How great my joy, great my joy,
Joy, joy joy; Joy, joy joy,
Praise we the Lord in heav'n on high.
Praise we the Lord in heav'n on high.

2. There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today: Refrain

3. There shall He lie in manger mean,
Who shall redeem the world from sin: Refrain

4. This gift of God we'll cherish well,
That ever joy my heart shall fill. Refrain

5. Lord, evermore to me be nigh,
Then shall my heart be filled with joy! Refrain

Chanukah Chase
Judith Kaplan Eisenstein
Chanukah Song - Jewish  Am

From my window
where you can send your glow
From my menorah
on newly fallen snow,
I will set you one little candle
On this the first night of Chanukah.

From my window
where you can send your glow
From my menorah
on newly fallen snow,
I will set you two little candles
On this the second night of Chanukah.

three....third, four...fourth, five... fifth, six...sixth, seven... seventh, eight...last

Mary had a baby text 1 text 2 text 3
version 1 midi 2 midi 3
Spiritual  D

1. Mary had a Baby, O Lord,
Mary had a Baby, O my Lord,
Mary had a Baby, O Lord,
The people keep a-comin'
And the train done gone.

2. Laid Him in a manger...

3. Shepherds came to see Him...

4. Named Him King Jesus...

Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine (with midi)
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein   D
14th century German

1. Joseph, dearest, Joseph mine
Help me rock the child divine.
God reward thee and all thine
In Heaven above,
So prays the mother Mary.

2. Gladly, Mary, lady mine
I'll help rock the Child divine.
God's own light on both us shine
In Heaven above,
So prays the Mother Mary.

1. Joseph, lieber Joseph mein,
Hilf mir wiegen das Kindelein,
Will es wiegen und singen ein:
Nun schlaf in Ruh,
Dein Äuglein zu, O Jesu!

2. Gerne, liebe Mädel mein,
Will ich wiegen das Kindelein,
Will es wiegen und singen ein:
Nun schlaf in Ruh,
Die Äuglein zu, O Jesu.

O, Come, Little Children version 2
Ihr Kinderkein, kommet
C. von Schmidt; J.P.A. Schulz   D

1. Ihr Kinderlein, kommet,
O kommet doch all'
Zur Krippe her kommet
In Bethlehems Stall
Und seht was in dieser
Hochheiligen Nacht
Der Vater in Himmel
Für Freude uns bracht'.

1. O come, little children,
O come, one and all;
To Bethlehem haste
To the manger so small.
God's son for a gift
Has been sent you this night,
To be your Redeemer,
Your joy and delight.

2. O see, in the manger,
This strange little bed,
The Son, sweet and gentle,
is resting his head.
In swaddling clothes lying
So meek and so mild,
Yet purer than angels,
From heaven appear.

Christmas Is Coming midi
Muppets version
English round  G

1. Christmas is coming,
The goose is getting fat,
Please to put a penny
in the old man's hat. (Repeat)

2. If you have no penny,
a ha'penny will do,
If you have no ha'penny
Then God bless you. (Repeat)

The Huron Carol
Words: Jean de Brebeuf, ca. 1643;
trans by Jesse Edgar Middleton, 1926
Music: French Canadian melody
(tune name: Jesous Ahatonhia)   Em

1. 'Twas in the moon of wintertime
when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim
and wandering hunters heard the hymn,
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

2. Within a lodge of broken bark
the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh
the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

3. The earliest moon of wintertime
is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

4. O children of the forest free,
O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven
is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy
who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

version2 version 3
text French/Burgundian

1. Guillot prends ton tambourin,
toi prends ton flutiau, Robin
Au son de nos instruments,
turelurelure patapatapan
Au son de nos instruments,
nous dirons Noël gaiement

2. Berger, prends ton chalumeau,
toi berbère prends ton fuseau
Au son de nos instruments,
turelurelure patapatapan
Au son de nos instruments,
nous dirons Noël gaiement

3. Reveillez-vous pastoureaux,
vite, quittez vos hameaux
Au son de nos instruments,
turelurelure patapatapan
Au son de nos instruments,
nous dirons Noël gaiement

4. Couvrez-vous de vos manteaux,
accourez sur le coteau
Au son de nos instruments,
turelurelure patapatapan
Au son de nos instruments,
nous dirons Noël gaiement

5. Fredonnez un air nouveau,
faîtes danser vos troupeaux
Au son de nos instruments,
turelurelure patapatapan
Au son de nos instruments,
nous dirons Noël gaiement

1. Willie, take your little drum
Robin, take your flute and come
When we hear the tune you play
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
When we hear the tune you play
How can anyone be glum?

2. When the men of olden days
Gave the King of Kings their praise
They had pipes on which to play
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
They had drums on which to play
Full of joy on Christmas Day

3. God and man this day become
Joined as one with flute and drum
Let the happy tune play on
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
Flute and drum play together
As we sing on Christmas day

Christmas is Now Drawing Near at Hand
version 1 version 2   C

Christmas is now drawing near at hand
Come serve the Lord and be at His command
And God a portion for you will provide
And give a blessing to your soul beside.

Down in the garden where flowers growing ranks
Down on your bended knees and give the Lord thanks
Down on your knees and pray both night and day
Leave off your sins and live fro' pray tae pray.

So proud and lofty is some sort of sin
Which many take delight and pleasure in
Whose conversation God doth smirch as lie
And yet He shakes His sword before He stri'.

So proud and lofty do some people go
Dressing theirselves like players in a show
They patch and paint and dress with idle stuff
As if God had not made 'em fine enough.

Even little children learn to curse and swear
And can't rehearse one word of godly prayer
Oh teach them better, oh teach them to rely
On Christ the sinner's friend who reigns on high.

Go Tell It On The Mountain
sheet music Spiritual  D

(Refrain:) Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

1. While shepherds kept their watching
O'er silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

2. The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Savior's birth.

3. Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born;
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.

Coventry Carol 
chimes sheet music
Words: Robert Croo 1534   Em

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor Youngling for Whom we sing
By, by, lully, lullay?

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Hush, My Babe, Lie Still and Slumber   version 1 version 2 Kentucky carol midi
Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Em

Hush, my babe, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings without number,
Gently falling on thy head.

How much better are thou attended,
than the Son of God could be
When from heaven He descended,
and became a child like thee.

Soft and easy is thy cradle,
coarse and hard thy Saviour lay.
When His birthplace was a stable,
and his softest bed was hay.

Hajej, nynej, Ježišku  words  
Czech text read aloud by Pavel Sticka
Czech carol

1. Hajej, nynej, Ježišku, Ježišku,
pučíme ti kožišku.
Budeme té kolibati,
Abys moh' libĕ pospati,
Hajej, nynej, Ježišku, Ježišku,
Pučíme ti kožišku.

2. Hajej, nynej, miláčku, miláčku,
Mariánský synáčku.
Budeme té kolibati,
Abys moh' libĕ pospati,
Hajej, nynej, miláčku, miláčku,
Mariánský synáčku.

1. Jesus, Jesus, Baby dear, Baby dear,
We will rock Your cradle here.
We will rock You, rock You, rock You,
Gently slumber as we rock You
Jesus, Jesus, do not fear
We who love you will be near.

2. Jesus, Jesus, darling One,
Gift of Heaven, Mary・s Son,
We will rock You, rock You, rock You,
Gently slumber as we rock You;
Jesus, Jesus, do not fear
We who love you will be near.

Es ist ein Ros' Ersprungen
Lo, how a Rose E'er Blooming sheet music
version 1 version 2
15th century Köln 1599
Michael Prätorius 1609 (1571-1621)

1. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Aus einer Wurzel zart.
Wie uns die Alten sungen,
Aus Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht,
Mitten im kalten Winter,
Wohl zu der halben Nacht.

2. Das Röslein das ich meine,
Davon Jesaias sagt:
Maria ist's, die Reine,
Die uns das Blümlein bracht.
Aus Gottes ew'gen Rat
Hat sie ein Kind geboren
Wohl zu der halben Nacht.

1. Lo, how a rose e'er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung!
From Jesse・s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung.

It came, a floweret bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half spent was the night.

2. Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it,
The Virgin mother kind
To show God's love aright,
She bore to us a Savior
When half spent was the night.

Como busca el tierno infante  words
Traditional Venezuelan

Como busca el tierno infante,
afligido y pesaroso,
el descanso y el reposo
en el seno maternal;
Asi yo, desde que brilla
la blanca luz de la aurora,
vengo a buscar, O Señora,
tu protección celestial.

As the frightened baby Jesus,
Shiv・ring from the cold and hunger,
Sought repose and consolation
One the Virgin Mother・s breast
So would I, as day is dawning,
Come to Thee, O Holy Mary,
Seeking Thy blest consolation,
And to pray for heav・nly rest.


Alilo (Christmas carol from Imereti, Georgia)
Alilo handout (pdf)
file 1 (soprano I)   file 2 (soprano II)   file 3 (all parts together) file 4 (bani/bass/low male part)
If these files don't work, (1) try right-clicking and downloading the files (with "save file as" tss隻) or (2) try these links:
file 1 file 2 file 3 file 4)

1., sho-i-o...i-oba ghme...rtman da
ga-gvi-te...e...nos da

Refrain: a-li-lo-i-o... o... oida, ai-da a-i-alilo

2. o...tsda, o-i-o...o-i-otasdakhu...tsa da
de-k'em-be...e...rsa da

3. krist'e, kri...i-i-st'e i...ishva da
be-tlem-sa... a...o da

4., i...i-i-nebo...s... ghmertma
a-ka tkve... eni sitsotskhle

5., sho-i-o...o-i-oba a...khal da
ts'e-li-ts'a... a...di da

English translation:

1. May God bring us Christmas, alleluia!
2. On the twenty-fifth of December, alleluia!
3. Christ was born in Bethlehem, alleluia!
4. May God grant you life, alleluia!
5. Christmas and New Year, alleluia!

Links to Christmas Carol sites
(With sincere thanks to those who make them possible! [Some have pop-ups — beware])

The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
(lots of links)

An Online Christmas Songbook

The Internet Renaissance Band

The Cyber Hymnal: Non-English Hymns

Santa music, songs & lyrics

Christmas Year 'Round

Seasonal MIDI files

Christ-Centered Advent & Christmas Music

MIDI Files of International Christmas Carols (includes Korean and Japanese carols)

The Woodshed Madrigal Page

German Christmas carols
(link to home page for songs from around the world)

French Christmas Carols

Romanian Christmas Carols

Polish Christmas Carols

Ripple: Good collection of Christmas midis (Japanese interface; choose encoding: Japanese Shift_JIS)

International carols/MIDI

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