Scripture Verse

A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men, on whom His favor rests. Luke 2:13–14

Introduction

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Edward S. Barnes (1887–1958)

Words: Tra­di­tion­al French ca­rol (Les Anges dans Nos Cam­pagnes). Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by James Chad­wick in Crown of Je­sus, 1862.

Music: Glor­ia (Barnes) French ca­rol tune, ar­ranged by Ed­ward S. Barnes (🔊 pdf nwc). For a dif­fer­ent ar­range­ment, see Hear­ken, All! What Ho­ly Sing­ing.

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James Chadwick (1813–1882)

Lyrics

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly sing­ing o’er the plains,
And the mount­ains in re­ply
Echoing their joy­ous strains.

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Gloria, in ex­cel­sis Deo!
Gloria, in ex­cel­sis Deo!

Shepherds, why this ju­bi­lee?
Why your joy­ous strains pro­long?
What the glad­some tid­ings be
Which in­spire your hea­v’n­ly song?

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Come to Beth­le­hem and see
Christ whose birth the an’gels sing;
Come, adore on bend­ed knee,
Christ the Lord, the new­born King.

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See Him in a man­ger laid,
Whom the choirs of an­gels praise;
Mary, Jo­seph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

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Shepherds in the field abid­ing,
Tell us when the se­raph bright
Greeted you with won­drous tid­ing,
What you saw and heard that night.

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We be­held—it is no fa­ble—
God in­car­nate, King of bliss,
Swathed and cra­dled in a sta­ble,
And the an­gel strain was this:

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Choristers on high were sing­ing
Jesus and His vir­gin birth,
Heavenly bells the while a-ring­ing
Peace, good will to men on earth.

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