Hark, the hosts of heaven are singingAuthor: E. H. Plumptre
Tune: ST. OSWALD (Dykes 53617)
Published in 13 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy ComposerAudio files: MIDI
1 Hark, the hosts of heav’n are singing
Praises to their new-born Lord,
Strains of sweetest music flinging,
Not a note or word unheard.
2 On this night, all nights excelling,
God’s high praises sounded forth,
As their lowly flocks they tended,
Came new tidings from the skies.
3 All the hosts of heaven are chanting
Songs with power to stir and thrill,
And the universe is panting
Joy’s deep longings to fulfill.
4 On this day then through creation
Let the glorious hymn ring out;
Let men hail the great salvation,
“God with us,” with song and shout.
Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #130
Nato canunt omnia. [Christmas.] This sequence is found in the Bodleian manuscript, No. 775, written about the year 1000 (f. 139 b); in an 11th century Winchester Sequentiary, now at Corpus Christi, Cambridge (ms. No. 473); an 11th century manuscript at Munich (Lat. 14083, f. 7), &c. In the Sarum, Hereford and York Missals it is placed in the Midnight Mass ("Missa in Gallicantu") of Christmas Day. The printed text is also found in Daniel ii. p. 56, and Kehrein, No. 9. Clichtovaeus represents it as describing the joy of Christmas, announced by the angel to the shepherds, and sung by the angelic choir; and as inviting the whole human race to rejoice in God made Man. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
Translations in common use:—
1, Hark, the hosts of heaven are singing. By E. H. Plumptre, made for and first published in the Hymnary, 1872. Also in a few American collections.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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