Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

      "Many popular Christmas hymns have a most interesting history. Those who have heard the waits and carolers sing "Hark, the Herold Angels Sing!" on Christmas eve will be astonished to know that many years ago it was rendered "Hark, How All The Welkin Rings!" and was sung to the tune of "See the Conquering Hero Comes." When this former wording was adopted in the new hymn book of the "Hymns Ancient and Modern" there was a great storm of criticism from those who prefer the modern version. The hymn was written by Charles Wesley." from How We Got Our Christmas Hymns, 1913

Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem.'
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.


Christ, by highest heaven adored!
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see!
Hail, the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.


Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail, the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 

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