1 Shout aloud, girls and boys!
Sing today and rejoice,
lift your heart, raise your voice;
come, and do not waver,
God has shown us favour:
virgin-born, born, born,
virgin-born, born, born,
virgin-born, Mary's child,
Christ is here our saviour!

2 There you lie, Lord of all!
For your robe peasant shawl,
for your bed ox's stall,
for your throne a manger,
homeless as a stranger:
come to win, win, win,
come to win, win, win,
come to win hell's domain
spurning death and danger!

3 Even now, from afar,
wise men seek heaven's star,
bringing gifts where you are:
gold to bow before you,
incense to implore you,
myrrh to say, say, say,
myrrh to say, say, say,
myrrh to say 'sacrifice'
therefore we adore you!

4 Boys and girls, voices raise!
Christmas choirs, sweetly phrase
songs of joy and of praise;
leave all care and worry,
sing the angels' story:
Christ is born, born, born;
Christ is born, born, born,
Christ is born, peace on earth
and to God be glory!

Personent hodie voces puerulae , tr. Michael Perry (1942 - 1996)
© Mrs B Perry/Jubilate Hymns
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