On Christmas Time

Cecil Sharp collected this version of the carol on 7 April 1909 sung by William Bayliss (63) of Laverton near Buckland, Glos.

Song Manuscript              As Collected Copy 

MIDI                                 Tune as Collected 

Some publications call this carol ‘On Christmas Night’. Different versions have been collected and the carol is also known as ‘On Christmas Night True Christians Sing’, ‘On Christmas Night All Christians Sing and ‘The Sussex Carol’.

Sharp published the carol in 1911 in ‘English Folk Carols’ saying ‘No alteration has been made in the words. … The words are on a broadside by Batchelar.’