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This lovely Irish carol first became widely known when Vaughan Williams included it in The Oxford Book of Carols in 1928; it had been noted down and sent to him by Dr W H Gratton Flood, who heard it sung in Wexford. The present arrangement was made in 1978, for inclusion in Carols for Choirs 3.
Good people all, this Christmas time, Consider well and bear in mind What our good God for us has done, In sending his beloved Son. With Mary holy we should pray To God with love this Christmas Day; In Bethlehem upon that morn There was a blessed Messiah born.
The night before that happy tide The noble Virgin and her guide Were long time seeking up and down To find a lodging in the town. But mark how all things came to pass: From ev’ry door repell’d, alas! As long foretold, their refuge all Was but an humble oxen stall.
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep; To whom God’s angels did appear Which put the shepherds in great fear. ‘Prepare and go’, the angels said, ‘To Bethlehem, be not afraid; For there you’ll find, this happy morn, A princely babe, sweet Jesus born.’
With thankful heart and joyful mind The shepherds went the babe to find, And as God’s angel had foretold, They did our Saviour Christ behold. Within a manger he was laid, And by his side the virgin maid, Attending on the Lord of life, Who came on earth to end all strife.
Good people all, this Christmas time, Consider well and bear in mind What our good God for us has done, In sending his beloved Son.