John Alcock
(1715 - 1806)

Alcock : Let cheerful smiles in every face : illustration

Let cheerful smiles in every face
(2Ob.Bsn.S.A.T.B.)
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"A favourite hymn for Christmas Day, 1779." A carol in West Gallery style. Alcock specified oboe and bassoon accompaniment but other instruments e.g. violins, clarinets, 'cellos may be used instead.
Lyrics: T.P. (Oxon)

Let cheerful smiles in ev'ry face
Hail this returning morn,
On which, to save a ruined race,
The Son of God was born.

Let holy love and sacred joy
Each grateful breast inflame,
While choirs of angels from the sky
His wondrous birth proclaim.

In ranks of bright array they move,
And hymns of triumph sing;
With notes of harmony and love
The heav'nly regions ring.

Glory to God who reigns on high,
Let Earth with peace rebound;
For t'wards the sons of men this day
Divine goodwill is found.