Good People All, This Christmastime
This beautiful melody is a traditional Irish tune, and originally would have been performed by two groups of three men, each group taking alternate verses and ornamenting in the traditional Irish style.
Good people all this Christmastime,
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 blessed Messiah born.
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 went our way
'Mid trials and sufferings, day by day,
In faith and hope, whate'er befall,
We'll wait in peace his holy call.