The Customs of Christmas

Singing Christmas Carols — B

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The Babe A Babe is Born in Bethlehem Blue Christmas
The Boar's Head Carol Born is He, This Holy Child Bright and Joyful is the Morn
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella

The Babe

Traditional Mexican Carol

From elephant so large to small mosquito,
Be quiet or you may awake the Baby.
A la ru-ru-ru, the Babe is sleeping.
Dear little Jesus, a watch we're keeping.

This night of gladness and of jubilation
Is blest in every nation.
A la ru-ru-ru, the Babe is sleeping.
Dear little Jesus, a watch we're keeping.

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A Babe is Born in Bethlehem

Words and music by Ludwig Lindeman

A babe is born in Bethlehem, in Bethlehem.
Therefore rejoice, Jerusalem.
Alleluia, alleluia.

He doth within a manger lie, a manger lie.
Whose throne is set above the sky.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The wise men came, led by the star,
Gold, myrrh, and incense brought from far.
Alleluia, alleluia.

On this most blessed jubilee, blest jubilee,
All glory be, O God, to Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia.

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Blue Christmas

Words and music by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
radio playing

I'll have a blue Christmas, without you.
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't mean a thing if you're not here with me.
I'll have a blue Christmas, that's certain.
And when that blue heartache starts hurtin',
You'll be doin' all right,
With your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.
Repeat

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The Boar's Head Carol

Ancient Oxford Carol

The boar's head in hand bear I,
Bedecked with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, merry be.
Quot estis in convivio.
Caput apri defero,
Reddens laudes Domino.

The boar's head, I understand,
The finest dish in all the land.
Which is thus all bedecked with gray garland.
Let us servire cantico.
Caput apri defero,
Reddens laudes Domino.

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Born is He, This Holy Child

French Carol

CHORUS
Born is He, this holy Child.
We sing in praise of an Infant mild.
Pipes and oboes in songs combine,
Hon'ring the birth of a Son divine!

More than four thousand years ago
Prophets told what today we know.
More than four thousand years have passed,
Now this birth has arrived at last!

CHORUS

See Him lying peacefully
On His tiny bed of hay.
See Him lying in stable bare,
Oh, what graciuos a Lord is there!

CHORUS

Jesus, Thou all-powered Lord,
Now as Baby art Thou adored.
Jesus, Thou all-powered King,
All our hearts to Thee we bring.

CHORUS

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Bright and Joyful is the Morn

Words by James Montgomery; music is a Welsh hymn

Bright and joyful is the morn, alleluia!
For to us a Child is born, alleluia!
From the highest realms of Heav'n, alleluia!
Unto us a Son is giv'n, alleluia!

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Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella

Traditional French Carol
radio playing

Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella.
Bring a torch, come swiftly and run.
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village.
Jesus is sleeping in His cradle.
Ah, ah, beautiful is the Mother
Ah, ah, beautiful is her Son.

Hasten now, good folk of the village.
Hasten now, the Christ Child to see.
You will find Him asleep in a manger.
Quietly come and whisper softly.
Hush, hush. Peacefully now, He slumbers.
Hush, hush. Peacefully now, He sleeps.

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