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169. 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, "O lowly maiden Mary,"
Most highly favored Mary, gloria!

2 “For know a blessèd mother you shall be,
all generations praise continually,
your Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,"
Most highly favored Mary, gloria!

3 Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleases God,” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify God's holy name.”
Most highly favored Mary, gloria!

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 favored Mary, gloria!

Text Information
First Line: The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Title: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Paraphraser: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924
Publication Date: 2003
Source: Basque carol
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Arranger: Edgar Pettman, 1865-1943
Arranger: John Wickham, 20th c.
Key: g minor
Source: Basque melody
Copyright: Music © 1955, Ren.1983 E.H. Freeman

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