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FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, by            
First Line: Rejoice, rejoice, with heart and voice!
Last Line: The joy of christës birth this day recite.
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Nativity, The


REJOICE, rejoice with heart and voice,
In Christës birth this day, rejoice!

FROM Virgin's womb this day did spring
The precious seed that only saved man:
This day let man rejoice, and sweetly sing,
Since on this day salvation first began.
This day did Christ man's soul from death remove,
With glorious saints to dwell in heaven above.

This day to man came pledge of perfect peace,
This day to man came love and unity:
This day man's grief began for to surcease,
This day did man receive a remedy,
For each offence and every deadly sin,
With guilty heart, that erst he wandered in.

In Christës flock, let love be surely placed,
From Christës flock, let concord hate expel;
Of Christës flock, let love be so embraced,
As we in Christ, and Christ in us may dwell.
Christ is the author of all unity,
From whence proceedeth all felicity.

O sing unto this glittering glorious King,
O praise His name; let every living thing,
Let heart and voice, like bells of silver ring,
The comfort that this day did bring.
Let lute, let shawm, with sound of sweet delight,
The joy of Christës birth this day recite.





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