Angels We Have Heard on High
Angels We Have Heard on High is a classic Christmas carol, presumably with French origins.
This song has always been one of my favorites. When I was five or six I decided it was the best Christmas carol ever written.
Since, I’ve decided that I like others better … but I still feel kind of nostalgic whenever I sing it because it reminds me of the church we used to go to at Christmas time … and walking to the nursing home … and singing for the elderly people …. 🙂
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
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?
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
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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