127. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Jesus, the Light of the World)

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1 Hark! the herald angels sing.
Jesus, the light of the world.
Glory to the newborn King,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Refrain:
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light.
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.
O, shine all around us by day and by night.
Jesus, the light of the world.

2 Joyful all you nations, rise.
Jesus, the light of the world.
Join the triumph of the skies.
Jesus, the light of the world. [Refrain]

3 Christ by highest heaven adored;
Jesus, the light of the world.
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Jesus, the light of the world. [Refrain]

4 Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Jesus, the light of the world.
Hail, the Sun of righteousness!
Jesus, the light of the world. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Hark! the herald angels sing
Title: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Jesus, the Light of the World)
Author (refrain): George D. Elderkin (1890)
Author (stanzas): Charles Wesley (1739)
Refrain First Line: We'll walk in the light, beautiful light
Meter: 7.7.7.7 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
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Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Tune Information
Name: WE’LL WALK IN THE LIGHT
Composer: George D. Elderkin (1890)
Arranger: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton (2000)
Meter: 7.7.7.7 with refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Arr. © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.


Text Information:

This blues-tinged setting of a familiar Christmas carol participates in a longstanding African American practice of adapting Anglo-European texts, as is done here by incorporating a repeated internal line and by appending a refrain that expands that line’s language and imagery.


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