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Christmas Anthem

Full Text

1. Hear what glorious song of angels
Is now ringing through the air;
Never valley, never mountain
Heard an anthem half so fair.

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Is the jubilant refrain;
God is sending us a Savior,
Peace on earth, good will to man.

2. Messengers of God’s free mercy
Are now seen by human eye;
Shepherds hear the wondrous message:
Glory be to God on high. [Refrain]

3. Let us also sing the praises
Of our God so full of love,
Who on Christmas sent a Savior,
Sent a Savior from above. [Refrain]

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Translator (from Dutch): Henry Beets, 1869-1947

Henry Beets was born on Jan­u­a­ry 5, 1869, in Koe­dyk (near Alk­maar), Holl­and. He em­i­grat­ed to Amer­i­ca in 1886, and settled in Kan­sas. He graduated from Cal­vin Coll­ege in Grand Rapids, Mi­chi­gan in 1895, and was or­dained a min­is­ter in the Chris­tian Re­formed Church. He served as pas­tor of the Chris­tian Re­formed churches in Sioux Cen­ter, Io­wa, and in Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan. In 1920 he be­came sec­re­tary and di­rect­or of miss­ions for the Chris­tian Re­formed Church and also ed­it­ed the week­ly pub­li­ca­tion the Ban­ner and De Heid­en­wer­eld, a month­ly mis­sion­a­ry pub­li­ca­tion. He died on Oc­to­ber 29, 1947 in Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan. NN, Hymna… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hear what glorious song of angels
Title: Christmas Anthem
Dutch Title: Hoor, wat heer lijk lied der eng'len
Author: Anonymous
Translator (from Dutch): Henry Beets, 1869-1947
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah, hallelujah
Notes: This song was co­py­right­ed by Paul H. We­ze­man in 1906.
Copyright: Public Domain


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