St. Nicholas

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Who is this, for whom we sing?

Saint Nicholas with child

Kathe Wohlfahrt figure, Germany, 2006
St Nicholas Center Collection

Who is this, for whom we sing?
At this season, good news brings,
Miracles, the legends bold—
Chant his name, both young and old

Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra

Loving children, students saved;
From his wealth to all he gave.
Down the chimney, bags of gold—
Chant his name, both young and old

Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra

Pilgrims now the name revere
As we hold his memory dear.
Still his wondrous story told—
Chant his name, both young and old

Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra

Calms the seas, the grain increased,
From injustice all released,
Three glad daughters wont be sold—
Chant his name, both young and old

Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas, Nicholas of Myra


Text: J M ROSENTHAL, 2006
TUNE: GLORIA (French Carol) 77 77 with Refrain


Musical notation PDF

Feast Day 6 December
The text refers to the legends of the three daughters saved from being sold as slaves; the three pickled boys/students brought back to life; the miracle of the grain; freeing of unjustly accused soldiers and saving the sailors from the tempest. Myra is the name of the city in Asia Minor, nowTurkey, where Nicholas was bishop.


By the Revd Deacon J M Rosenthal, for St John Anglican Church, Notting Hill, London, England. Used by permission.

Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.
Audio player from 1pixelout, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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