I watched my recorded edition of Songs Of Praise last night and enjoyed the various carols featured.
The program spend some time on the Yorkshire tradition of caroling and featured a charming rendition by singer Kate Rusby of a local version of While Shepherd Watched Their Flocks By Night which features an additional chorus and is called Sweet Bells.
This local folk embellishment and adaption reminds us that carols (and hymns) are primarily meant to be sung, en masse, not performed for audiences.
While shepherds watched,
Their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
Sweet Bells, Sweet chiming Christmas Bells
Sweet Bells, Sweet chiming Christmas Bells
They cheer us on our Heavenly way sweet chiming bells.
“Fear not,” said he,
For mighty dread,
Had seized their troubled minds,
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
To you and all mankind”.
“To you in David’s,
Town this day,
Is born of David’s line.
The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign.”
“All glory be to,
God on high,
And to the earth, the earth be peace,
Goodwill henceforth,
From heaven to men,
Begin and never cease.”

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