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Christmas Carol Lyrics

Christmas songs and Christmas carol lyrics have been written and played for hundreds of years. They're an integral part of the Christmas season. You could say they put you in the Christmas "spirit"!

Some Christmas carols depict the Holy birth of our Savior Jesus, others serve to praise and worship our newborn King,
(Click on Christian Christmas Songs), and still others describe the sights, sounds and emotions that come with the Christmas season.

Here I've written out for you some of our favorite, classic, Christmas carol lyrics along with a little bit of their history.

Print them out, then go caroling, sing with your kids, or just sing along. I guarantee it will soar your Christmas spirit!

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Christmas carol lyrics

This is John singing "Silent Night" at a Christmas Eve candlelight service.

Christmas Carol Lyrics:

Silent Night

What started as a poem written in 1816 by Joseph Mohr, a priest in Austria, became one of the most popular and most recorded Christmas carol lyrics in history!

Would you like to learn more about the history of this and other Christmas carols and their lyrics? Then, I strongly recommend reading "Stories Behind the Best Loved Christmas Songs" . I found the sometimes humble beginnings of these favorite Christmas carol lyrics so fascinating.

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

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The Christmas carol lyrics in the opening line of this song orginally were written in 1737 as "Hark! How all the Welkin Rings" by its composer and English priest, Charles Wesley. It was George Whitefield, a colleague and also a preacher, who changed the line without the permission of Wesley and published the song. Wesley was infuriated because no where in the Bible did it mention angels singing about Christ's birth. Years later in 1857, William Cummings, rewrote his own arrangement that quickly became the version that we recognize today.

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 th' angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest heav'n adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh, the God-head see,
Hail th'incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

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 give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

Come, Desire of nations, come!
Fix in us Thy humble home:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

Joy to the World!

Even though "Joy to the World" boasts one of the most famous Christmas carol lyrics, it really does not have much to do with the birth of Christ as written in the first four gospels of the Bible. Except for the line "the Lord is come" which is referring to Jesus' birth, these Christmas carol lyrics were written with the Old Testament Psalm 98 in mind: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."

Joy to the world! the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and heaven and nature sing,

Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

These Christmas carol lyrics started out as words to a poem written by the famous poet Henry Longellow in 1862. The poem was written during a very sad and tragic time in Longfellow's life. His 2nd wife had just died and his eldest son was injured in the American Civil War. The country was being torn in two because of the ongoing bloody war. This was the time Longfellow wrote these words - portraying good vs. evil. Only in the last few lines does he offer hope and peace through a loving ever present God. Ten years later, the poem was put to music by Englishman John Baptiste Calkin.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Probably my favorite, most inspirational carols that announce the arrival of our Saviour are "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "The First Noel". Click here for the lyrics and some history.

And read the inspiring, yet tragic story and lyrics of "Good King Wenceslas" .

Good King Wenceslas was one Christian who actually inspired the character of Santa Claus!

You can get more interesting information on Santa at Christmas Trivia Questions.

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