Advent Calendar

Two excerpts from

The Oxford Book of Carols

Read by Roger Mullock


With merry heart let all rejoice in one

The mother-maid hath now brought forth her son


An angel’s voice declared the Saviour’s birth,

Glory to God, goodwill and peace on earth


The shepherds sped to see this wondrous thing

And found the babe, the which is Christ our King


Both ox and ass, adoring in the byre

In mute acclaim pay homage to out Sire


As custom was, the babe when eight days old

Received his name of Jesus, long foretold


Three kings bowed low to infant majesty

And brought three gifts to hail the Trinity


Now bless we Christ, eternal glory’s King,

And Christ bless us, as to his praise we sing


O Jesus, dearest babe of all

And dearest babe of mine,

Thy love is great, thy limbs are small,

O, flood this heart of mine

With overflow from thine!