Christmas by Candlelight by Cairdeas

by Steafan & Saskia

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Joseph was an old man, An old man was he, When he wed the Virgin Mary, In the land of Galilee. Joseph and Mary walking Through an orchard green Where once, berries and cherries As thick as might be seen ----------------------------- Then bespoke young Mary, With words so meek and mild, “Pluck me one cherry, Joseph, For I am with child.” O Then bespoke Joseph In a manner most unkind “Let him pluck thee a cherry, That brought thee (now) with child.” -------------------- Then bespoke the baby In his mother's womb, “Bow down (low), the tallest tree, Let my mother have some.” Bowed down the tallest tree, Into his mothers hand And she cried, see Joseph, I have cherries at command ------------------- Then bespoke Joseph, I have done Mary wrong, But now cheer up my dearest And do not be cast down. Then Mary plucked a cherry As red as any rose, Then Mary, she went homewards All with her heavy load. ---------------------- As Joseph was a walking, he heard an angel sing, This night there shall be born, On earth, our heavenly king. Joseph was an old man, An old man was he, When he wed the Virgin Mary, In the land of Galilee.
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The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown. The rising of the sun And the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ, Sweet singing in the choir. 2 The holly bears a blossom, As white as lily flower, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ, To be our sweet Saviour. The rising of the sun, etc. 3 The holly bears a berry, As red as any blood, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ For to do us sinners good. The rising of the sun, etc. 4 The holly bears a prickle, As sharp as any thorn, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ On Christmas Day in the morn. The rising of the sun, etc. 5 The holly bears a bark, As bitter as any gall, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ For to redeem us all. The rising of the sun, etc. 6 The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown. The rising of the sun, etc.
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In the bleak, mid-winter, Frosty wind, made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. Our God, heaven cannot hold Him Nor earth sustain, Heaven and earth shall flee away When He comes to reign: In the bleak mid-winter A stable-place sufficed The Lord God Almighty — Jesus Christ. Enough for Him, whom Cherubim Worship night and day, A breastful of milk And a mangerful of hay; Enough for Him, whom Angels Fall down before, The ox and ass and camel Which adore. Angels and Archangels May have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim Thronged the air; But only His Mother In her maiden bliss Worshipped the Beloved With a kiss. What can I give Him, Poor as I am? — If I were a Shepherd I would bring a lamb; If I were a Wise Man I would do my part, — Yet what I can I give Him, — Give my heart.
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Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o'er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! ——————————— Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heavenly song? Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! ——————————- Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! ——————————— See Him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
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Good people all, this Christmas time, 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 The night before that happy tide The noble Virgin and her guide Were long time seeking up and down To find a lodging in the town But mark right well what came to pass From every door repelled, alas As was foretold, their refuge all Was but a humble ox's stall Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep To whom God's angel did appear Which put the shepherds in great fear Arise and go, the angels said To Bethlehem, be not afraid For there you'll find, this happy morn A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born With thankful heart and joyful mind The shepherds went the babe to find And as God's angel had foretold They did our Saviour Christ behold Within a manger he was laid And by his side a virgin maid Attending on the Lord of Life Who came on earth to end all strife There were three wise men from afar Directed by a glorious star And on they wandered night and day Until they came where Jesus lay And when they came unto that place Where our beloved Messiah lay They humbly cast them at his feet With gifts of gold and incense sweet
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Pat-a-Pan 01:34
Willie, bring your little drum Robin bring your flute and come We'll be joyous as you play Tooralooraloo, pat-a-pat-a-pan We'll be joyous as you play On a Merry Christmas day! When the men of olden days Gave the King of Kings their praise They had pipes on which to play Tooralooraloo, pat-a-pat-a-pan They had drums on which to play Full of joy on Christmas Day. God and man this day become Join us one with flute and drum Let the happy tune play on Tooralooraloo, pat-a-pat-a-pan Flute and drum together play As they sing on Christmas day
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O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save, And give them victory o'er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Day spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death's dark shadows put to flight! Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai's height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
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On Christmas night all Christians sing To hear what news those angels bring; News of great joy, news of great mirth, News of our Saviour King's own birth Then why should men on earth be so sad Since our Redeemer made us glad, When from sin He set us free All for to gain our liberty. When sin departs before His grace, Then life and health come in its place. Angels and men with joy may sing All for to see the new-born King All out of darkness we have light, Which made the angels sing this night: "Glory to God and peace to men, Now and for evermore, Amen!"
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A virgin most pure, as the prophets do tell, Hath brought forth a Baby, as it hath befell, To be our Redeemer from death, hell and sin, Which Adam’s transgression has wrappèd us in. Refrain And therefore be merry, set sorrow aside; Christ Jesus our Savior was born on this tide. At Bethlehem city, in Jewry it was Where Joseph and Mary together did pass, And there to be taxed, with many one more, For Cæsar commanded the same should be so. Refrain But, when they had entered the city so fair A number of people so mighty was there, That Joseph and Mary, whose substance was small, Could get in the city no lodging at all. Refrain Then were they constrained in a stable to lie, Where oxen and asses they used to tie; Their lodging so simple, they held it no scorn, But against the next morning our Savior was born. Refrain The King of all glory to this world being brought, Small store of fine linen to wrap Him was sought, When Mary had swaddled her young Son so sweet, Within an ox manger she laid Him to sleep. Refrain Then God sent an angel from Heaven so high, To certain poor shepherds in fields where they lie, And bade them no longer in sorrow to stay, Because that our Savior was born on this day. Refrain Then presently after, the shepherds did spy A number of angels appear in the sky; Who joyfully talkèd and sweetly did sing, To God be all glory, our heavenly King. Refrain Three certain wise princes, they thought it most meet To lay their rich offerings at our Savior’s feet; Then the Shepherds consented, and to Bethlehem did go, And when they came thither, they found it was so. Refrain
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I wonder as I wander out under the sky, How Jesus the Savior did come for to die. For poor on'ry people like you and like I... I wonder as I wander out under the sky. ————————————————- When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall, With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all. But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall, And the promise of ages it then did recall. ————————————————- If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing, A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing, Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing, He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.
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God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay. For Jesus Christ our Savior, Was born on Christmas Day; To save us all from Satans power, When we were gone astray. ————————————— In Bethlehem, in Jury, This blessed Babe was born, And laid within a manger, Upon this blessed morn; The which His mother Mary Did nothing take in scorn. ———————————— From God our heavenly Father, A blessed angel came And unto certain shepherds, Brought tidings of the same, How that in Bethlehem was born, The Son of God by name: ———————————- Fear not, then said the angel, Let nothing you affright, This day is born a Savior Of virtue, power, and might; So frequently to vanquish, The friends of Satan quite; ————————————- The shepherds at those tidings, Rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a feeding, In tempest, storm, and wind, And went to Bethlehem straightway, This blessed Babe to find: —————————————— But when to Bethlehem they came, Whereas this Infant lay They found him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay; His mother Mary kneeling, Unto the Lord did pray: ——————————— With sudden joy and gladness The shepherds were beguiled, To see the Babe of Israel, Before His mother mild, O then with joy and cheerfulnes Rejoice, each mother's child. ————————————— Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood, Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas, Doth bring redeeming grace. ———————————- God bless the ruler of this house And send him long to reign, And many a merry Christmas May live to see again; Among your friends and kindred That live both far and near. //////////////////// (from Warwickshire) God bless you, merry gentlemen, as you sit by the fire, And pity us poor travellers that trudges through the mire God bless your friends, your kindred, that lives both far and near God send you a happy Christmas and a bright New Year.
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Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees Oh hear the angel voices Oh night divine Oh night when Christ was born Oh night divine Oh night divine Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here come the wise men from Orient land The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger In all our trials born to be our friend Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His name all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name
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O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, Born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. ----------------------- God of God, Light of Light, Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb: Very God, Begotten, not created; O Come........ ————————- Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above; Glory to God In the highest; O Come........ ————————- See how the shepherds, Summoned to his cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps; O Come........ ————————- O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, Born the King of angels; Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, We would embrace thee, with love and awe; Who would not live thee, Loving us so dearly? O Come........ ————————- Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing; O Come........ ————————-
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I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. ---------------------------------------- I thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along the unbroken song Of peace on earth, good will to men. --------------------------------------- And in despair I bowed my head There is no peace on earth, I said, For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men. --------------------------------------- Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth, good will to men. -------------------------------------- Till ringing, singing on its way The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, a chant sublime Of peace on earth, good will to men.
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Traditional Christmas Favourites with an Irish Flair

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released November 21, 2017

Marsala Lukianchuk - vocals
Saskia Tomkins - strings
Steafan Hannigan - all the other instruments, production and recording
Oisin Hannigan - percussion

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Steafan & Saskia Cobourg, Ontario

Steafan, (Ireland) and Saskia, (England), have performed together for 20+ years. This is their 1st duo album, playing all instuments.
Credits include Depeche Mode, Oliver Schroer, Bjork, Loreena Mckinnett, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, AfroCelts, Sin ́E, Uriah Heep, Robb Johnson. Curved Air.
Steafan wrote "Low Whistle Book" & The "Bodhran Book"
Saskia is 1⁄2 of accoustic-fusion duo “2ish”.
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