Scripture Verse

The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26–27

Introduction

portrait
Sabine Baring-Gould
(1834–1924)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Basque ca­rol, trans­lat­ed by Sa­bi­ne Bar­ing-Gould (1834–1924).

Music: Ga­bri­el’s Mes­sage Basque ca­rol (🔊 pdf nwc).

illustration
Ecce Ancilla Domini!
Dante G. Rossetti, 1850

Lyrics

The angel Gabriel from Heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
All hail, said he, thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady,
Gloria!

For know a blessèd mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee,
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favored lady,
Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
To me be as it pleaseth God, she said,
My soul shall laud and magnify His holy name.
Most highly favored lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world
Will ever say—
Most highly favored lady, Gloria!