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.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black,
With your pack you'll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one,
You'll be sure to know.

Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Susy wants a dolly;
Nellie wants a story book;
She thinks dolls are folly;
As for me, my little brain
Isn't very bright;
Choose for me, old Santa Claus,
What you think is right.

Autor: unbekannt

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold;
"Peace on the earth, good will to men
From heaven’s all-gracious King" –
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel-sounds
The blessed angels sing.

But with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring; –
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing!

And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing; –
Oh, rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever circling years
Shall come the age of gold;
When Peace shall over all the earth,
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song,
Which now the angels sing.

Autor: Edmund H. Sears

I Saw Three Ships
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas day in the morning?

Our Savior Christ and His lady,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Our Savior Christ and His lady,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Pray whither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day?
Pray whither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the bells on Earth shall ring,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the angels in Heav’n shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the angels in Heav’n shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the souls on Earth shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the souls on Earth shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice amain,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Then let us rejoice amain,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Autor: unbekannt

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
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!

And 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!

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!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born

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."

Autor: Henry W. Longfellow

The Holly and the Ivy
The holly and the ivy,
now are both well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
the holly bears the crown.

REFRAIN:
Oh, the rising of the sun
and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom
as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
to be our sweet saviour

REFRAIN

The holly bears a berry
as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
to do poor sinners good.

REFRAIN

The holly bears a prickle
as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
on Christmas Day in the morn.

REFRAIN

The holly bears a bark
as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
for to redeem us all.

REFRAIN

Autor: unbekannt

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

Glad tidings we bring,
To you and your kin;
Glad tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

We want some figgy pudding
Please bring it right here!

We won't go until we get some
So bring it out here!

We all know that Santa's coming,
And soon will be here.

We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy New Year.

Autor: unbekannt

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And a cup of good cheer!
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We all like our figgy pudding;
We all like our figgy pudding;
We all like our figgy pudding;
With all its good cheer.
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
We won't go until we get some
So bring it out here!
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
And a Happy New Year!
Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Autor: Volkslied aus England

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