Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined

This ancient carol’s solemn tone and exhortation to “consider well” seem fitting within the themes of Advent. According to a Joshua Sylvester in 1861, “This rude old carol is still an especial favorite with the peasantry.” The Wexford Carol was derived from this carol as well.

1. Let all that are to mirth inclin’d,
Consider well, and bear in mind,
What our good God for us has done,
In sending his beloved Son.

For to redeem our souls from thrall,
Christ is the Saviour of us all.

2. Let all your songs and praises be
Unto His Heavenly Majesty;
And evermore; amongst our mirth
Remember Christ our Saviour’s birth Chorus

3. The twenty-fifty day of December
We have good cause for to remember:
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was the bless’d Messiah born. Chorus

4. The night before that happy tide
The spotless virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find some lodging in the town. Chorus

5. But mark how all things came to pass!
The inn and lodgings filled was,
That they could find no room at all
But in a silly ox’s stall. Chorus

6. That night the Virgin Mary mild
Was safe delivered of a child
According unto Heav’n’s decree
Man’s sweet salvation for to be. Chorus

7. Near Bethlehem some Shepherds keep
Their flocks and herds of feeding sheep;
To whom God’s Angel did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear. Chorus

8. Prepare and go, the Angel said,
‘To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
There shall you find this blessed morn,
The princely babe, sweet Jesus born.’ Chorus

9. With thankful heart and joyful mind
The Shepherds went this babe to find,
And as the Heav’nly Angels told,
They did our Saviour Christ behold. Chorus

10. Within a manger he was laid;
The Virgin Mary by him staid,
Attending on the Lord of life,
Being both mother, maid, and wife. Chorus

11. Three Eastern Wise Men from afar,
Directed by a glorious star;
Came boldly on, and made no stay
Until they came where Jesus lay. Chorus

12. And being come unto the place,
Whereas the blessed Messiah was;
They humbly laid before His feet,
Their gifts of gold and odours sweet.

13. See how the Lord of Heaven and earth
Shew’d himself lowly in his birth;
A sweet example for mankind,
To learn to bear an humble mind. Chorus

14. No costly robes nor rich attire,
Did Jesus Christ our Lord desire;
No music nor sweet harmony,
Till glorious music from on high Chorus

15. Did in melodious manner sing,
Praises unto our heav’nly King;
All honour, glory, might, and pow’r
Be unto Christ our Saviour! Chorus

16. If quires of Angels did rejoice,
Well may mankind with heart and voice
Sing praises to the God of Heav’n,
That unto us his Son has given. Chorus