Words for Carolers

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  1. moor
    open land with peaty soil covered with heather and moss
    Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
  2. yonder
    distant but within sight
    Following yonder star.
  3. cease
    King forever, ceasing never
  4. reign
    rule or have supreme power
    Over us all to reign.
  5. incense
    a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
    Incense owns a Deity nigh.
  6. deity
    a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
    Incense owns a Deity nigh.
  7. sacrifice
    a loss entailed by giving up something
    King and God and Sacrifice.
  8. strain
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    Echoing their joyous strains.
  9. prolong
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    Why your joyous strains prolong
  10. tidings
    information about recent and important events
    What the gladsome tidings be
  11. inspire
    serve as the inciting cause of
    Which inspire your heavenly song?
  12. kin
    group of people related by blood or marriage
    To you and your kin
  13. low
    make a quiet noise, characteristic of bovines
    The cattle are lowing the baby awakes
  14. bough
    any of the larger branches of a tree
    Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
  15. apparel
    clothing in general
    Don we now our gay apparel,
  16. troll
    supernatural creature thought to live in caves or mountains
    Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
  17. blaze
    burn brightly and intensely
    See the blazing Yule before us,
  18. hail
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
  19. heedless
    marked by or paying little attention
    Heedless of the wind and weather,
  20. dismay
    fill with apprehension or alarm
    Let nothing you dismay,
  21. savior
    a person who rescues you from harm or danger
    Remember Christ our Savior
  22. astray
    away from the right path or direction
    When we were gone astray.
  23. grace
    a disposition to kindness and compassion
    Doth bring redeeming grace
  24. peasant
    a country person
    Yonder peasant, who is he?
  25. dwelling
    housing that someone is living in
    Where and what his dwelling?
  26. league
    an obsolete unit of distance of variable length
    Sire, he lives a good league hence,
  27. thither
    to or toward that place; away from the speaker
    When we bear the thither.
  28. monarch
    a nation's ruler usually by hereditary right
    Page and monarch, forth they went,
  29. rude
    lacking in refinement or grace
    Through the rude wind's wild lament
  30. lament
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    Through the rude wind's wild lament
  31. hark
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    Hark my footsteps my good page,
  32. tread
    put down or press the foot, place the foot
    Tread thou in them boldly:
  33. rage
    violent state of the elements
    Thou shalt find the winter's rage
  34. possess
    have ownership of
    Wealth or rank possessing,
  35. reconcile
    come to terms
    God and sinners reconcile.
  36. triumph
    be ecstatic with joy
    Join the triumph of the skies;
  37. angelic
    relating to spiritual beings attendant upon God
    With the angelic host proclaim
  38. host
    a vast multitude
    With the angelic host proclaim
  39. proclaim
    state or announce
    With the angelic host proclaim
  40. adore
    love intensely
    Christ by highest heaven adored
  41. offspring
    the immediate descendants of a person
    Offspring of a virgin's womb.
  42. incarnate
    possessing or existing in bodily form
    Hail, the incarnate deity,
  43. righteousness
    adhering to moral principles
    Hail the Sun of righteousness!
  44. glisten
    be shiny, as if wet
    Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
  45. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    The world in solemn stillness lay
  46. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
    Over all the weary world
  47. woe
    misery resulting from affliction
    Yet with the woes of sin and strife
  48. strife
    lack of agreement or harmony
    Yet with the woes of sin and strife
  49. toil
    work hard
    Who toil along the climbing way
  50. hasten
    move fast
    For lo,the days are hastening on
  51. splendor
    the quality of being magnificent or grand
    Its ancient splendors fling
  52. employ
    put into service
    Let men their songs employ
  53. infest
    invade in great numbers
    Nor thorns infest the ground:
  54. curse
    a severe affliction
    Far as the curse is found.
  55. triumphant
    joyful and proud especially because of success
    O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant
  56. abhor
    find repugnant
    Lo he abhors not the virgin's womb;
  57. begotten
    generated by procreation
    Very God begotten not created:
  58. exultation
    the utterance of sounds expressing great joy
    Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation
  59. flock
    a group of sheep or goats
    Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
  60. radiant
    emanating or as if emanating light
    Radiant beams from thy holy face
  61. stream
    flow freely and abundantly
    Glories stream from heaven afar
  62. anthem
    a song of praise
    Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
  63. laud
    praise, glorify, or honor
    Haste, haste to bring him laud,
  64. dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
    "Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
  65. seraph
    an angel of the first order
    Thus spake the seraph,--and forthwith
  66. throng
    a large gathering of people
    Appeared a shining throng

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