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Hark, Hark! What news the angels bring?
Glad tidings of a new-born King;
Born of a maid, a virgin pure,
Born without sin, from guilt secure.

Hail, mighty Prince, enternal King,
Let Heaven and earth rejoice and sing;
Angels and men, with one accord,
Break forth in song to praise the Lord.

Behold, He comes and leaves the skies.
Awake ye slumbering mortals rise.
Awake to joy and hail the morn,
A Saviour of this world is born.

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Source: Ian Russell,A Festival of Village Carols - Sixteen Carols from the Mount-Dawson Manuscripts, Sheffield, 1994

Village Carols is an ongoing project to preserve and promote local carol traditions, and to make them available in all forms - audio recordings, musical notation, historical context, etc. I am indebted to Ian Russell for his work in this area and for his permission to publish the notation given here. For details of current publications, see


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