2384. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

1. 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 th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Refrain
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

2. Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel. [Refrain]

3. Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
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 [Refrain]

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine. [Refrain]

5. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart. [Refrain]

6. Hark, how all the welkin rings,
Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!

7. Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
Christ the Lord is born to-day!

8. Christ, by highest Heaven ador’d,
Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!

9. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus! Our Immanuel here!

10. Hail, the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.

11. 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.

12. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

13. Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.

14. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

15. Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner Man:
O! to all thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Text Information
First Line: Hark! The herald angels sing
Title: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Author: Charles Wesley (1739)
Refrain First Line: Hark! the herald angels sing
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: DENT DALE, traditional tune, in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 23
Tune Information
Name: MENDELSSOHN
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (1840)
Arranger: Will­iam H. Cum­mings
Incipit: 51332 55543 23511
Key: F Major
Source: Can­ta­ta FESTGESANG AN DIE KÜNSTLER, 1840 (se­cond move­ment, Va­ter­land, in dein­em Gau­en); Con­gre­ga­tion­al Hymn and Tune Book, by Ri­chard R. Chope, 1857
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: This cantata celebrated the 400th anniversary of Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.



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