For baritone solo, women’s choir and harp or piano. Written for Stephen Stomps on Christmas Day, 2005. Performance by David Giardiniere, baritone and John Dulik, piano; with Voces Novae et Antiquae directed by the composer.
1. Good people all, this Christmas-time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a bless’d Messiah born.
2. The night before that happy tide
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were a long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass;
From every door repell’d, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but an humble oxen's stall.
3. Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God's angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go,” the angels said.
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you'll find, this happy morn,
A princely babe, sweet Jesus born.”
4. With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the Babe to find,
And, as God's angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger he was laid,
And by his side the Virgin maid,
Attending on the Lord of life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.
5. There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star,
Came boldly on and made no stay
Until they came where Jesus lay,
And when they came unto that place
And looked with love on Jesus’ face,
In faith they humbly knelt to greet,
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.
6. Come, let us then our tribute pay
To our good God, as well we may,
For all his grace and mercy shown
Through his Son to us, till then unknown.
And when through life we wend our way
’Mid trials and suff’rings, day by day,
In faith and hope, whate’er befall
We’ll wait in peace his holy call.
- Classical Choral for Christmas