Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on High

Work Name: Angels We Have Heard on High
Composer/Origin: arr. Edward Shippen Barnes, lyrics by James Chadwick
Composed/Published/1st Appeared: 1862  
Piece Style/Time Period: Christmas Carol

From Wikipedia: “Angels We Have Heard on High” is a Christmas carol with the lyrics written by James Chadwick, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, to the music from a French song called Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. The music is the same as the original song, though Chadwick’s lyrics albeit unique and original are clearly derived and inspired, and in parts a loose translation. The song’s subject is the birth of Jesus Christ narrated in the Gospel of Luke, specifically the scene in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

[ezcol_1third]Verse 1:
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo![/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]Verse 2:
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo![/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Verse 3:
Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo![/ezcol_1third_end]
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