Christians, awake! salute this happy morn
Whereon the Saviour of this world was born.
Rise to adore the mystery of love,
Which hosts of Angels chanted from above.
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told.
Who heard the angelic herald's voice, behold
I bring glad tidings of a Saviour's birth
To you and all the nations upon earth.
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word.
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.

- Glen Rock Carolers
One of the four original carols first sung in Glen Rock in 1848. Words by John Byrom, 1692-1763 (1749). Music by John Wainwright (1723-1768). First performed Christmas Day 1750 at Stockport. Central to tradition in S. Yorks and Derbys where also know as ‘Old Christians.’ Known in UK as ‘Christians Awake’, ‘Stockport’, ‘Yorkshire.’ In Mount-Dawson MSS.
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