236. Angels We Have Heard on High

1 Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

2 Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heav'nly song. [Refrain]

3 Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. [Refrain]

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

Text Information
First Line: Angels we have heard on high
Title: Angels We Have Heard on High
Translator: James Chadwick, 1813-1882 (alt.)
Refrain First Line: Gloria, in excelis Deo!
Meter: 77 77 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2015
Topic: The Liturgical Year: Christmas (Days of); The Liturgical Year: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; The Liturgical Year: Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Source: Trad. French carol, ca. 18th cent.; Tr.: Crown of Jesus Music, II, London, 1862
Notes: Other translators also
Tune Information
Meter: 77 77 with refrain
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Trad. French carol

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