119. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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1 Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn 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!”

Refrain:
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn king!”

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate deity,
pleased in flesh with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel. [Refrain]

3 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 we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Hark! The herald angels sing
Title: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Author: Charles Wesley (1739, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7.D with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 67:4; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Habakkuk 1:12; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:33-35; Luke 2:11; Luke 2:13-14; John 1:4-5; John 1:14; John 3:3-17; John 8:12; John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Galatians 4:4-6; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 1:6
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hark! the herald angels sing
Tune Information
Name: MENDELSSOHN
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (1840)
Arranger: William Hayman Cummings (1855)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.D with refrain
Key: F Major or modal


Text Information:

Brought together in the mid-19th century, the text and tune of this familiar carol began in quite different forms. The text had ten stanzas and began, “Hark, how all the welkin rings.” The tune was created for a festival celebrating Gutenberg’s introduction of moveable type.


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