Awake and join the cheerful choir
Upon this joyful morn
And glad Hosanna loudly sing
For joy a Saviour's born.
Let all the choirs on earth below
Their voices loudly raise;
And sweetly join the cheerful band
Of angels in the skies.
The shining host in bright array
Descend from heaven to earth;
And all the gentle heart and voice
Proclaim a Saviour's birth.
Source: Wiltshire Folk Songs and Carols
, W Mate and Sons, Bournemouth,1904
Details on this carol are a little thin. The book, Wiltshire Folk Songs and Carols, is in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library but is undated. It was originally published Bournemouth by W. Mate, 1904.
The edition in VWML is a reprint (Norwood edition 1975). The final pages of the book contain notes on the songs, but none are provided for this carol.
Rev Geoffry Hill was the vicar of East with West Harnham, Salisbury, and produced this book in conjuction with Walter Barnett, who arranged the music.
(Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six