Today’s Christmas Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels sing was originally written in 1739 by Charles Wesley. The melody we know today wasn’t composed until 1840, however.

I don’t particularly like this carol as apposed to some others, but the lyrics are very meaningful. I’ve never really thought about them before today because I was so accustomed to hearing the song that I kind of stopped listening to it. You know what I mean … probably. 🙂

The first verse is especially cool: “Glory to the newborn king, peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

Lyrics:

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 angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
With angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

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

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Immanuel
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Immanuel

Hail the Heaven born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n healing in His wings

Christ the highest Heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Come desire of nations come
Fix in us Thy humble home
Come desire of nations come
Fix in us Thy humble home

A few versions:

~Kellyn Roth

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3 thoughts on “Today’s Christmas Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

  1. This is one of those carols that I sing in a high, opera, concert, SILLY voice while tripping around the house at Christmas time. 😉 Just sayin, me and this carol has a special bond!!!

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