125. 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 heavenly song. [Refrain]

3 Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing;
Come adore on bended knee,
God, our world now entering. [Refrain]

4 See the babe in manger laid
whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
while our hearts in love we raise. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Angels we have heard on high
Title: Angels We Have Heard on High
Original Language: French
Refrain First Line: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Christmas; Jesus Christ: Birth and Infancy
Source: Traditional French carol; Trans. st. 1-3,"Crown of Jesus Music II," 1862, alt.; St. 4 "Carols Old and Carols New," Boston, 1916, alt.
Tune Information
Meter: with refrain
Key: F Major
Source: French carol melody

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