Tidings of comfort & joy, Carol — George Stuart, Australia

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Tune: God rest you merry

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Visit George’s website here to discover several contemporary inclusive-language Christmas Carols set to familiar tunes.

 

To Bethlehem, a stable bare,
We journey to behold
The baby born to change the world.
The story has been told.
He brings the lonely to his side.
He makes the timid bold.
O Tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O Tidings of comfort and joy.

The lowest class was first to hear;
Downtrodden, they were poor;
For shepherds were despised, oppressed;
No rights before the law.
Yet these are those who come to Christ
To worship and adore.
O Tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O Tidings of comfort and joy.

The priestly gift of frankincense
Was ‘holy’ to the Lord.
Gold for a king, Myrrh for the grave,
Gifts we could not afford
Are brought to Jesus at his birth
By princes from abroad.
O Tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O Tidings of comfort and joy.

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So rich and poor in every time
Are welcome at the stall;
The ones who count and those ignored,
The strong and those who fall;
For Jesus is the love of God
Out-flowing for us all.
O Tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O Tidings of comfort and joy.

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