1 On Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring;
on Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring:
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King's birth.

2 Then why should we on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad;
then why should we on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad
when from our sin he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

3 All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
all out of darkness we have light
which made the angels sing this night:
'Glory to God, goodwill and peace
be to all now and never cease!'

English traditional