Friday, December 25, 2015

One Whose Birth the Angels Sing (Day One)

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tidings did you hear?

Come to Bethlehem and see
One whose birth the angels sing,
Come, adore on bended knee
Jesus Christ, and praises bring.

See within a manger laid,
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love.

French carol; tr. James Chadwick, 1862; alt.
Tune: GLORIA ( with refrain)
French carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes, 1937

As mentioned before, I think it's time again for another CWS Twelve Days of Christmas. Surprisingly (even to me), there are still several well-known songs, hymns and carols which have not yet been seen here, so as before (see December 2009-January 2010 in the archives) we will have a mixture of the known and unknown.  Come back tomorrow (and beyond).

Happy Christmas to all!

Seven Years Ago: Once in royal David's city

One Year Ago: What child is this

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