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Public Domain Christmas Songs
List of 43


IMPORTANT: This list is based on USA Copyright Law and is intended only as a help in researching public domain materials. This list is NOT sufficient documentation that music is in the Public Domain. To prove public domain status in the USA, you MUST find a published copy of the song with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier. Our PD Sheet Music Reprints are exact reprints of books and sheet music published in 1922 or earlier and include music, lyrics, and complete original copyright information. Some of these songs may not be PD in countries other than the USA.


PD Christmas Songs

 TitleV=Verse   C=Chorus   N=Note   P=Production   w=Words   m=Music1 - 3   $5 each
4 up   $4 each
Adeste Fideles 1751 - w.m. John Francis Wade V - Adeste fideles, Laeti triumphantes, Venite, venite in Bethlehem. Natum videte. Regem angelorum. C - Venite adoremus, venite adoremus, Venite adoremus, Dominum. N - Latin: O Come All Ye Faithful PD Reprint
All Through the Night w. 1884, Sir Harold Boulton, m. 1784, Welch Folksong Ar Hy y Nos V - Sleep my child and peace attend thee, All through the night. Guardian angels God will send thee, All through the night. N - Alt Verse: Sleep my babe, lie still and slumber, All through the night PD Reprint
Angels from the Realms of Glory w. 1816 - W. James Montgomery, m. 1867 - Henry T. Smart V - Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth. Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth. C - Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King. PD Reprint
Angels We Have Heard on High w. 1700s French Carol, m. medieval French Carol Gloria V - Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o'er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. C - Glo-o-o-o-oria, in excelsis Deo! Glo-o-o-o-oria, in excelsis Deo! N - w. translatied Bishop James Chadwick (1831-1882) translation, m. arranged Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958) PD Reprint
Auld Lang Syne w. 1788 Robert Burns, m. Scottish Air V - Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind, C - For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For Auld Lang Syne. PD Reprint
Away In a Manger 1885 - w. unknown, m. James R. Murray, Tune: 'Mueller' V - Away in a manger, No crib for his bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The star in the sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay. N - Words often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther. PD Reprint
Away in a Manger (W.J. Kirkpatrick) 1895 - w. anonymous, m. William J. Kirkpatrick adapted from J.E. Spilman V - Away in a manger, No crib for his bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The star in the sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay. N - Alternate Tune. Words often erroneously attributed to Martin Luther. PD Reprint
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella 1553 - w.m. French Carol, 1700s translated to English V - Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabelle! Bring a torch, to the stable run Christ is born. Tell the folk of the village Jesus is born and Mary's calling. C - Ah! Ah! beautiful is the Mother! Ah! Ah! beautiful is her child. PD Reprint
Christians Awake 1750 - m. John Wainwright, w. John Byron V - Christians, awake, salute the happy morn Whereon the Savior of the world was born. Rise to adore the mystery of love Which hosts of angels chanted from above, PD Reprint
Coventry Carol 1500s - w.m. English Traditional Carol V - Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, By, by, lully, lullay. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, By, by lully, lullay. PD Reprint
Deck the Halls 1800s - w. translated Oliphant 1866, m. Welsh Nos Galan V - Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. 'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Troll the ancient Christmas carol, C - Fa la la la la la la la la. PD Reprint
First Nowell 1833 - English Carol V - The first nowell, the angels did sing, was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay. C - Noel, noel, noel, noel, born is the King of Israel. N - a.k.a. The First Noel PD Reprint
Gesu Bambino 1917 - w.m. Pietro A. Yon, w. translated Frederick H. Martens V - When blossoms flowered 'mid the snows Upon a winter night, Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose, The King of Love and Light. C - O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. N - Italian lyrics: 'Nell'umile capanna nel freddo e poverta e nato il Santo pargolo che il mondo adorere' PD Reprint
Go Tell it on the Mountain ca. 1865 - Spiritual V - When I was a seeker I sought both night an' day, I ask' de Lord to help me, An' He show' me de way. C - Go tell it on de mountain, Over de hills an' everywhere; Go tell it on de mountain, Dat Jesus Christ is born. PD Reprint
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen ca. 1760 - w.m. English Traditional V - God rest you merry, Gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Savior Was born upon this Day. To save poor souls from Satan's power, Which long time had gone astray. Which brings tidings of comfort and joy. PD Reprint
Good King Wenceslas 1853 - w. John Mason Neale, m. Thomas Helmore V - Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even; Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel, When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel. N - Music based on 1582 Finnish tune from Piae Canationes, 1582. PD Reprint
Hark ! The Herald Angels Sing 1840 - w. George Whitefield, m. William H. Cummings V - Hark! The herald angels sing, 'Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!' C - Hark! the herald angels sing, 'Glory to the newborn King!' N - Music adapted from Charles Wesley, 1739. Music adapted from Felix Mendelssohn, 1840 . PD Reprint
Here We Come A-Caroling See Wassail Song PD Reprint
Holly and the Ivy 1871 - Henry R. Bramley, John Stainer V - The holly and the ivy, now both are full well grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown. C - The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour PD Reprint
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day w. 1864 Henry W. Longfellow, m. 1872 J. Baptiste Calkin V - I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. PD Reprint
I Saw Three Ships 1833 - w.m. William Sandys V - I saw three ships come sailing by, on New year's Day in the morning. PD Reprint
In the Bleak Midwinter 1906 - w. 1872, Christina G. Rossetti, m. Gustav von Holst V - In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. N - Holst Tune:Granham PD Reprint
In the Bleak Midwinter (T.G. Strong) 1909 - w. Christina G. Rossetti, m. Thomas B. Strong, 1892 V - In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. N - Alternate Tune. PD Reprint
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 1850 - m. Richard S. Willis, w. Edmond H. Sears V - It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; PD Reprint
Jingle Bells 1857 - w.m. James Pierpont V - Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. On what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. C - Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. PD Reprint
Jolly Old St. Nicholas ca. 1860 - w. possibly Benjamin Hanby, m. James Lord Pierpont V - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way; Don't you tell a single soul What I'm going to say, PD Reprint
Joy to the World 1839 - m. Lowell Mason, adapted from Handel, w. Isaac Watts V - Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing. PD Reprint
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming 1599 - w. 15th Century German, m. 'Es Ist Ein Ros'' V - Lo, how a rose e'er blooming, From tender stem hath sprung. Of Jesse's lineage coming, PD Reprint
O Christmas Tree 1800s - German V - O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how faithful are thy leaves. N - German O Tannenbaum, tr. The Fir Tree PD Reprint
O Come All Ye Faithful 1841 - w. translation Federick Oakeley, m. 1751, John Francis Wade V - O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant! O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the King of Angels: C - O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. N - From Latin Adeste Fideles PD Reprint
O Come, O Come, Emanuel 1850s - w. translation John Mason Neale, Henry Sloane Coffin, m. French Hymn, 1400s V - O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. C - Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. N - From Latin, Veni, veni Emmanuel, 1100s PD Reprint
O Holy Night 1847 - 1847 w. Placide Clappeau, French, English translation John S. Dwight, m. Adolphe C. Adam V - O holy night! The stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. C - O night divine, O night, O night Divine. PD Reprint
O Little Town of Bethlehem 1868 - w. Phillips Brooks, m. Lewis H. Redner V - O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. PD Reprint
Once in Royal David's City 1849 - w. Cecil Frances Alexander, m. Henry John Gauntlett V - Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her Baby In a manger for His bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child. PD Reprint
Silent Night 1818 - w. 1816, German Joseph Mohr, 1859 English tr. John Young, m. 1818 Franz X. Gruber V - Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, PD Reprint
There's A Song in the Air 1904 - w. Josiah G. Holland, m. Karl P. Harrington V - There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky! There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry! And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! PD Reprint
Toyland 1903 - m. Victor Herbert, w. Glen MacDonough V - When you've grown up my dears, And are as old as I, You'll often ponder on the years That roll so swiftly by, my dears, That roll so swiftly by . . . C - Toyland. Toyland. Little girl and boy land. While you dwell within it, You are ever happy then. Childhood's joy-land. Mystic merry Toyland, Once you pass it's borders, You can never return again. PD Reprint
Twelve Days of Christmas ca. 1780 - English Christmas Carol, possibly as early as 1500s V - On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me A Partridge in a Pear Tree. . . C - . . . 5 Gold Rings, 4 Colly Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves And a Partridge in a Pear Tree. PD Reprint
Up on the Housetop 1867 - Possibly Benjamin Hanby V - Up on the house, no delay no pause. Clatter the steed of Santa Claus; Down thro' the chimney with loads of toys. Ho for the little ones, Christmas joys. C - O! O! O! Who wouldn't go, O! O! O! Who wouldn't go, Upon the housetop click! click! click! Down through the chimney with good St. Nick. PD Reprint
Wassail Song ca. 1850 - w.m. English Traditional Christmas Carol V - Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand'ring So fair to be seen. C - Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too; And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year And God send you a Happy New Year. PD Reprint
Watchman Tell Us of the Night w. 1825 John Bowring, m. 1830 Lowell Mason V - Watchman, tell us of the night, What its signs of promise are. Traveler, o'er yon mountain's height, See that glory beaming star. PD Reprint
We Three Kings 1857 - w.m. John H. Hopkins, Jr. V - We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts we traverse afar, Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. C - O star of wonder, star of light, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. PD Reprint
What Child is This? 1865 - William C. Dix, m. 16th Century English Traditional V - What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud . . . N - Tune: Greensleeves PD Reprint
While Shepherds Watched w. 1700 - Nahum Tate, m. 1728 - George F. Handel V - While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of the Lord came down, And glory shone around, And glory shone around. PD Reprint