1. On Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring;
on Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news the angels bring:
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King's birth.

2. Then why should we on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad;
then why should we on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad
when from our sin he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

3. All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
all out of darkness we have light
which made the angels sing this night:
'Glory to God, goodwill and peace
be to all now and never cease!'

English traditional