Word count: 161
by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
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1. A welcome song
Proface, welcome, well come,
For now is born a Child of grace
Who for us men our flesh doth take.
This holy time of Christmas
All woe and sin we should release
And cast away all heaviness.
Then hasten all and enter
We welcome all that now appear
His loving grace shall ye find here.
Well come be this new year
And look ye all be of good cheer
The Lord our God be with us here.
2. Terly, terlow
So merrily the shepherds began to blow.
About the field they piped full right.
lt was the middle of the night
Adown from Heaven there came a light.
Angels there came a company
With merry songs and melody.
The shepherds anon 'gan them espy.
The shepherds hied them to Bethlehem
To see that blessed Sonnebeam,
And there they found the world's Lightstream.
Now pray we to that young meek Child
And to His Mother fair and mild
Whose maidenhood was ne'er defiled.
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