Sunday, December 24, 2006

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

In 1739, co-founder of the Methodist movement, Charles Wesley, wrote "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" as a somber song to proclaim the joy of the birth of Christ. Years later, an adaptation of a Felix Mendelssohn song was used as a new, more upbeat version of the song by English musician William H. Cummings. This is the version and lyrics we know and love today. The lyrics are moving for all Christians, so please read them fully. I felt the urge to post them on this Christmas Eve. Enjoy --

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"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to
the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the
everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's
womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The
herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born
Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He
brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born
to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the
newborn King!"

1 comment:

Marms said...

"Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born
to give them second birth"

This is my favorite, after all these are the most important words in all of Christianity~Marms