Carols on the Quay 2022

Once in royal David's city

1. Once in royal David's city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed;
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little child.

2. He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall.
With the poor and mean and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3. For he is our childhood's pattern;
day by day, like us he grew;
he was little, weak and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feeleth for our sadness,
and he shareth in our gladness.

4. And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

5. Not in that poor, lowly stable,
with the oxen standing by,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
set at God's right hand on high;
when like stars his children crowned,
all in white shall wait around.


O little town of Bethlehem

1. O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

2. For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together,
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the king,
and peace to men on earth!

3. How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given;
so God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
yet in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still,
the dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend on us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!



Silent Night

1. 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 Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born!


Away in a manger

1. Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid
down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky
looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus,
asleep on the hay.

2. The cattle are lowing,
the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus
no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus,
look down from the sky
and stay by my side
until morning is nigh.

3. Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask thee to stay
close by me forever,
and love me, I pray;
bless all the dear children
in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven
to live with thee there.


While shepherds watched their flocks

1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground;
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.

2. "Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread
had seized their troubled minds.
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind."

3. "To you, in David's town this day
is born of David's line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign:

4, The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling bands,
and in a manger laid."

5. Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song.

6. "All glory be to God on high,
and on the earth be peace;
goodwill henceforth
from heaven to earth
begin and never cease!"


O come, all ye faithful

1. O come, all ye faithful,
joyful anfd triumphant, 
O come ye, O come ye,
to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him,
born the king of angels;

Chorus:
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

2. God of God,
Light of Light,
lo, he abhors not the
Virgin's womb;
Very God,
begotten not created;
(Chorus)

3. Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of
heaven above,
Glory to God,
glory in the highest.
(Chorus)