Englische Weihnachtslieder

Die ältesten Weihnachtslieder unseres westlichen Kulturkreises stammen aus dem Mittelalter und sind lateinische Hymnen, die zunächst in England fester Bestandteil des Gottesdienstes waren. Erst später hielten sie Einzug in Wohnzimmer und Kinderzimmer, denn manche dichtete man zu Kinderliedern um. Ursprünglich hatten Weihnachtslieder immer lithurgischen Bezug. Die sogenannten "Christmas Carols" in England umfassen alle Musikstücke, die traditionelle Formen haben. Das Stück "White Christmas" ist nach dieser Definition lediglich ein Winterlied, denn es entspricht nicht der weihnachtlichen Tradition. Erst im 18. Jahrhundert wurde das Singen von Weihnachtsliedern, teilweise mit Schilderungen der Weihnachtsgeschichte, Bestandteil der häuslichen Weihnachtsfeier und erlebte im 19. Jahrhundert eine ungeahnte Blütezeit. Es waren vor allem die Komponisten, die dem Weihnachtslied zu großer Beliebtheit verhalfen. Im Laufe der Zeit verloren die Inhalte ihren Bezug zu christlichen Überlieferung. Im Zuge der Globalisierung verwischen auch die Ländergrenzen. Längst gibt es heute eine Vermischung zwischen typischen Liedern der Advents- und Liedern der Weihnachtszeit. Einige englische Weihnachtslieder finden sich in der folgenden Liste.

Winter Wonderland
Sleighbells ring, are you listening?
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight,
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

Gone away is the bluebird,
here to stay is a new bird,
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man - but you can do the job when you're in town.

Later on we'll conspire
as we dream by the fire
to face unafraid the plans that we made
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

Sleighbells ring, are you listening?
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight,
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

Gone away is the bluebird,
here to stay is a new bird,
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with Mister Snowman
until the other kiddies knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling
tho your nose gets a chill
We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way
Walking in a Winterwonderland!

Autor: Richard B. Smith

Away in a manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

Autor: unbekannt

Coventry Carol
Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Autor: unbekannt

Ding dong merrily on high
Ding dong merrily on high,
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Autor: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Deck the Halls
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis' the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Troll the ancient Christmas Carol,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.,
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry Christmas
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la la la la la

Autor: unbekannt

The First Nowell
The first noel the Angel did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter's night, that was so deep

REFRAIN:
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far.
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night

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And by the light of that same star,
three wise men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.

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The star drew nigh to the north-west,
o'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where jesus lay.

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Then entered in those wise men three,
full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there, in His presence,
their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

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Then let us all with one accord,
sing praises to our heavenly lord.
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
and with his blood mankind hath bought.

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Autor: unbekannt

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Autor: unbekannt

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Autor: James Lord Pierpont

Kings of Orient
We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

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O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

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Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.

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Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

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Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.

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Autor: John Henry Hopkins

Joy to the World
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Autor: Isaac Watts

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