85. The Angel Gabriel from heaven came

1 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
'All hail,' said he, 'thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favoured lady.'

2 'For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honour thee,
thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold;
most highly favoured lady.'

3 Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
'To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said,
'My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name':
most highly favoured lady.

4 Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say
'Most highly favoured lady.'

Text Information
First Line: The Angel Gabriel from heaven came
Basque Title: Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen
Paraphraser: Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)
Meter: 10 10 12 7 3
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: Angels; Annunciation; Christmas (7 more...)
Source: Basque carol
Notes: The word 'Gloria' may optionally be sung in unison.
Tune Information
Arranger: Charles Edgar Pettman (1866-1943)
Meter: 10 10 12 7 3
Key: g minor
Source: Basque traditional carol
Copyright: Arrangement: © 1922 H. Freeman & Co. Reproduced by permission of Faber Music Ltd. All rights reserved.

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