The New Oxford Book of Carols

/ Clifford Bartlett / Hugh Keyte / Andrew Parrott
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Music and texts of 201 carols for the Christmas season (many in more than one setting), each with copious notes on historical background and performance. An extensive general introduction gives an overview of the history of the carol, and there are a number of appendices dealing with specific areas of the repertory. The book's approach is an attempt to rediscover the native vitality of material that has sometimes been debased and sentimentalized, by means of `authentic' period settings and a concern for historically informed performance.


  • Verbum supernum, prodiens/High Word of God, Eternal Light
  • Veni, Redemptor gencium/Come, thou Redeemer of theearth
  • Christe, Redemptor omnium/O Christ, the Father's only son
  • A solis ortus cardine/From lands that see the sun arise
  • Letabundus/Come rejoicing
  • Festa dies agitur
  • Dieus soit en cheste maison
  • Angelus ad Virginem/Gabriel,fram Heven-King
  • Procedenti Puero-Eya!/Verbum caro factum est-Eya! novus annus est
  • Ad cantus leticie
  • Laudemuscum armonia
  • Verbum caro factum est: Dies est leticie
  • Verbum caro factum est: In hoc anni circulo
  • Verbum Patrishodie
  • Verbum Patris umanatur
  • Veni, veni, Emanuel/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
  • Qui creavit celum/He who made theearth so fair (Song of the Nuns of Chester)
  • Dies est laeticiae/Earth with joy this day doth ring
  • Corde natus exParentis/Of the Father's heart begotten
  • Personent hodie/On this day earth shall ring
  • Puer nobis nascitur/Unto us is borna Son
  • Omnis mundus iucundetur
  • Lullay, lullay: Als I la y on Yoolis Night
  • Lullay, Lullow: I Saw aSwete Semly Syght
  • Nova! nova!
  • Nowell: Tydynges trew ther be cum new
  • Hayl, Mary, ful of grace
  • Ther isno rose of swych vertu
  • Alleluya pro Virgine Maria
  • Alleluya: A nywe werk is come on honde
  • Make we joye nowe inthis fest
  • What tydynges bryngest thou, Messangere?
  • Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse
  • Nowel syng we bothe al andsom
  • Synge we to this mery cumpane
  • Nowell: Dieus wous garde, byewsser
  • Nowell: The borys hede (The Exeter Boar'sHead Carol)
  • Marvele noght, Josep
  • Thys endere nyghth I saw a syghth
  • Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child (TheCoventry Carol)
  • As I out rode this enderes night (The Coventry Shepherds' Carol)
  • We happy hirdes men
  • Come,love we God!
  • Swete was the song the Virgine soong
  • Thus angels sung (The Angels' Song)
  • While shepherds watchedtheir flocks by night
  • O remember Adam's fall/Remember, O thou man
  • Riu, riu, chiu
  • Verbum carofactum est: Y la Virgen le dezia
  • E la don, don Ver ges Maria
  • Gaudete!
  • Psallite Unigenito
  • En! Natusest Emanuel - Lo! born is our Emmanuel
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem - A Boy is born in Bethlehem - Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem
  • Resonet in laudibus - Let the voice of praise resound - Joseph, lieber Joseph mein - Joseph, dearest Joseph mine
  • MagnumNomen Domini Emanuel - O proclaim the mighty Name Emmanuel!
  • Quem pastores laudavere - Shepherds sang their praises o'er him
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Saviour of the Gentiles, come!
  • In dulci jubilo - Good Christian men, rejoice!
  • Vom Himmel hoch, da komm'ich her - From highest heaven I come to tell
  • Christum wir sollen loben schon - From lands that see thesun arise
  • Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht' - While by my sheep I watched at night
  • Es steht ein'Lind' im Himmelreich -There stood in heaven a linden tree
  • Vom Himmel hoch, o Engel, kommt! - Come, angels, come! from heaven, appear
  • EinKindlein in der Wiegen - He smiles within his cradle
  • Es ist ein Roess entsprungen - Of Jesse's line descended - Es ist ein Reisentsprungen - A great and mighty wonder
  • O Jesulein S"uss! o Jesulein Mild! - O Little One Sweet! O Little One Mild
  • Wachet Auf! - Wake, O Wake!
  • Wie Sch"on leuchtet der Morgenstern - How fair the Morning Star doth shine
  • Adeste, fideles/O come, all ye faithful
  • Christians, awake!
  • Lo! he comes, with clouds descending - Lo! he comes, aninfant stranger
  • Lift up your heads in joyful hope
  • Hark! hear you not a chearful noise
  • Hark! hark what news theangels bring
  • Joy to the world!
  • Come, let us all with heart and voice
  • As shepherds in Jewry
  • Shepherds, rejoice!
  • A virgin unspotted
  • The Lord descended from above
  • Ye nations all, on you I call
  • Glory to God on high
  • Hail the blest morn!
  • Hark! hark! glad tidings charm our ears
  • Stille Nacht! heilige Nacht!- Silent night! holy night!
  • Arise, and hail the sacred day!
  • Rejoice, ye tenants of the earth
  • Rouse, rouse fromyour slumbers!
  • Awake, and join the cheerful ch oir
  • Sound, sound your instruments of joy! ( SeraphicMinstrels)
  • Hark! the herald angels sing
  • Once, in royal David's city
  • The Shepherds'Farewell to the Holy Family
  • See, amid the winter's snow
  • Angels, from the realms of glory
  • Good King Wenceslaslooked out
  • What child is this
  • Three Kings of Orient
  • Away in a manger
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Drei K"on'ge wandern aus Morgenland - Three kings from Persian lands afar (Die K"onige)
  • It came uponthe midnight clear
  • Ding-dong ding!
  • Past three o'clock
  • Blessed be that maid Marie
  • Hail,blessed Virgin Mary!
  • Ding! dong! merrily on high
  • Lullay, my liking - I saw a maiden - Myn Lyking
  • Lovecame down at Christmas
  • In the bleak mid-winter
  • Bethlehem Down
  • Dormi, Jesu! - Sleep, sweet babe! (TheVirgin's Cradle Hymn)
  • Wither's Rocking Hymn
  • Watts's Cradle Hymn
  • A Boy was born in Bethlehem
  • AHymn to the Virgin
  • Torches
  • Make we joy now in this fes t
  • There is no rose of such virtue
  • Adam layybounden
  • The Fader of heven
  • When Christ was born of Mary free
  • The Boar's Head Carol
  • Come all you faithful Christians
  • The holly and the ivy
  • Now the holly bears a berry (The St Day Carol)
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • When righteous Joseph wedded was
  • O Joseph, being an old man truly/Joseph, being an agedman truly
  • The Seven Joys of Mary - The Seven Rejoices of Mary - The Blessings of Mary
  • Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • In those twelve days
  • The old yeare now away is fled
  • Rejoice and bemerry
  • The first 'Nowell!' - 'Nowell and nowell!'
  • All hayle to the dayes
  • On Christmas Night all Christians sing(The Sussex Carol)
  • Let all that are to mirth inclined
  • The Lord at first did Adam make
  • When God atfirst created man
  • A virgin unspotted/A virgin most pure
  • The angel Gabriel from God was sent
  • God's dear Son,without beginning
  • A Child this day is born
  • Shepherds, ar ise!
  • I saw three ships comes sailing in
  • AsI sat on a sunny bank
  • This is the truth sent from above
  • God rest you merry, gentlemen
  • Come all youworthy gentlemen
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Christemas hath made an end/Well-a-day! (The Gooding Carol)
  • Wassail! wassail all over the town! (The Gloucestershire Wassail)
  • A wassail, a wassail throughout all this town!
  • We'vebeen a while a-wandering (The Yorkshire Wassail Song)
  • Wassail, o wassail all over the town! (The Somerset Wassail)
  • Herewe come a-wassailing (Wassail Song)
  • The darkest midnight in December
  • Ye sons of men, with me Rejoice
  • Good people all, this Christmastime
  • Christmas Day is come!
  • Oer y'wr gwr sy'n methu caru/Soon thehoar old year will leave us/Deck the hall with boughs of holly (Nos Galan)
  • O deued pob Cristion/Come all Christians, singing
  • Wel, dyma'r borau gorau i gyd
  • O Mary and the baby, sweet lamb!
  • Mary had a baby
  • Go tellit on the mountain
  • Rise up, shepherd, an d follow!
  • Lullay, thou tiny little child
  • I wonder as I wander
  • Sing we the Virgin Mary
  • The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
  • Es sungen drei Engel/'Te Deumlaudamus!' three angels sang
  • Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging/Blest Mary wanders through the thorn
  • Kommet, ihrHirten/Come, all ye shepherds
  • Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du/O sleep, thou heaven-born Treasure, thou
  • Es kommt einSchiff geladen/A ship there comes, a-laden/Uns kompt ein Schiff gefahren/There comes a ship a-sailing
  • O du fr"ohliche! O duselige!/O most wonderful! O most merciful!
  • O Tannenbaum/O Christmas tree/O Dannebom
  • Zezulka z lesavylitla/Out of the forest a cuckoo flew
  • Hajej, nynej, Jezisku/Jesu, Jesu, baby dear
  • W zlobie lezy/Infantholy, Infant lowly
  • Guill^o, pran ton tamborin!/Guill^o, come, and Robin too
  • De matin ai rescountra lou trin/Cematin j'ai rencontre'e le train/Far away, what splendour comes this way? (Marcho di Rei)
  • Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle!/Comewith torc hes, Jeanette, Isabella!
  • No"el nouvelet!
  • Dans cette 'etable/Cradled all lowly
  • Entre leboeuf et l'^ane gris/Oxen and asses stand around
  • Quelle est cette odeur agr'eable/Shepherds, what fragrance, all-perfuming
  • Quittez, pasteurs/O leave your sheep
  • Il est n'e, le divin Enfant!/Christ is born a Child on earth!
  • Berger,secoue ton sommeil profond!/Shepherd, shake off your drowsy sleep!
  • Les anges dans nos campagnes/Angels we have heard onhigh/Angels, we have heard your voices
  • Birjina gaztettobat zegoen/The angel Gabriel from heaven came
  • OiBetleem!/Sing lullaby! l Christmas
  • El desembre congelat/Cold December's winds were stilled
  • Veinticinco de

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193533226
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 744
Publication Date: 15/10/1998
ISBN: 9780193533226
Format: 246x189
Voices: SATB
Force: Mostly SATB, accompanied & unaccompanied
Level of difficulty: B-C


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