Testing your Xmas carol I.Q.

Given the words of stanzas usually not sung, can you identify the following traditional Christmas favorites?  [This quiz is indebted to  ChicagoNow blogger Margaret Serious's post "Christmas carols with words worth defending"]

1. Then let us all with one accord// Sing praises to our heavenly Lord.

2. O morning stars, together// Proclaim the holy birth// And praises sung to God the King// And peace to men on earth.

3. For lo, the days are hastening on,// That prophets knew of old,// And with the ever-circling years// Comes round the day foretold.

4. Mild he lays, his glory by,// Born that men no more may die// Born to raise the sons of earth// Born to give the second birth

5. He made me a watchman// Upon a city wall// And if I am a Christian// I am the least of all.

6. Radiant, from  the innocent face,// In this saving hour of thy grace,// Christ, our Lord, at thy birth,// Christ, our Lord, at thy birth.

7. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,// But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.

8. "Fear not," then said the angel,// "Let nothing you afright,// This day is born a Saviour// Of virtue, power, and might."

9. In his master's steps he trod// Where the snow lay dinted;// Heat was in the very sod// Which the Saint had dinted.

10. Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume//  Breathes a life of gathering gloom// Sorrowing, sighing , bleeding, dying// Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

[Answers will appear after Christmas]

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  • Thank you for this wonderful post, AW! (Number 10 is my all-time favorite Christmas carol)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Merry Christmas!!

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Merry Christmas, my friend.

  • Thank you for a very good test. Later verses are worth defending, too! I look forward to answers, since I'm a bit worried about three of them. Merry Christmas!

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