Victorian Sheet Music: Christmas Carol from 1876


A Christmas carol from the December 1876 issue of St. Nicholas magazine. The words were written by Mary Maples Dodge and the music was arranged by F. Boott. You can download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

I
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children dear!
For Christ, once born in Bethlehem,
Is living now and here.
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children dear!
For Christ, for Christ, once born in Bethlehem,
Is living now and here...
For Christ, once born in Bethelehem,
Is living now and here.

II
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children sweet!
The way to find the Holy Child,
Is lighted for your feet.
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children sweet!
The way, the way to find the Holy Child,
Is lighted for your feet...
The way to find the Holy Child,
Is lighted for your feet.

III
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children glad!
Rare gifts are yours to give the Lord,
As ever wise men had.
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children glad!
Rare gifts, rare gifts are yours to give the Lord,
As ever wise men had...
Rare gifts are yours to give the Lord,
As ever wise men had.

IV
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children fair!
Still doth the one Good Shepherd hold,
The feeblest in his care.
Good news on Christmas morning,
Good news, O children fair!
Still doth, still doth the one Good Shepherd hold,
The feeblest in his care...
Still doth the one Good Shepherd hold,
The feeblest in his care.

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