This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love;
Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
But hearken all, both rich and poor.
The first thing, which I do relate,
Is that God did man create
The next thing, which to you I tell,
Woman was made with man to dwell.
Thus we were heirs to endless woes,
Till God the Lord did interpose
For so a promise soon did run
That He would redeem us by his Son.
And at that season of the year
Our blest Redeemer did appear
He here did live, and here did preach,
And many thousands He did teach.
Thus He in love to us behaved,
To show us how we must be saved
And if you want to know the way
Be pleased to hear what He did say.
Words and Music: English Traditional
Source: Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1911), pp. 46-7.
–From the album Traditional & Modern Carols, sung by the Choir of New College Oxford