Scripture Verse

I bring you good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10

Introduction

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Charles Avison
(1709–1770)

Words: Will­iam A. Mühl­en­berg, 1826. The hymn was writ­ten at the spe­cial re­quest of Bi­shop Ho­bart, and first ap­peared in Hymns of the Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Church, 1826.

Music: Avi­son, adapt­ed from Charles Avi­son (1709–1770) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William A. Mühlenberg
(1796–1877)

Lyrics

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Shout the glad tidings, exultingly sing,
Jerusalem triumphs, Messiah is King!

Zion, the marvelous story be telling,
The Son of the Highest, how lowly His birth!
The brightest archangel in glory excelling,
He stoops to redeem thee, He reigns upon earth.

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Tell how He cometh; from nation to nation
The heart cheering news let the earth echo round;
How free to the faithful He offers salvation,
His people with joy everlasting are crowned.

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Mortals, your homage be gratefully bringing,
And sweet let the gladsome hosannas arise;
Ye angels, the full alleluias be singing;
One chorus resound through the earth and the skies.

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Messiah is King!