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Hearken all, what holy singing

Full Text

1. Hearken, all! what holy singing
Now is sounding from the sky!
’Tis a hymn with grandeur ringing,
Sung by voices clear and high.

Refrain
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

2. On the plain, the simple shepherds
Watched their flocks the long night through;
From on high they heard the voices,
Sounding through the heavenly blue. [Refrain]

3. See, within the manger lowly,
Wide the Christ Child spreads His arms.
Raise to Him your joyful voices,
Sing we all Noel, Noel. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2233

Text Information

First Line: Hearken all, what holy singing
Refrain First Line: Gloria in excelcis Deo

Tune

GLORIA (French)

GLORIA is the French noel tune traditionally associated with this text. The popularity of this carol stems from its refrain–all those cascading phrases in which human beings imitate the angels' chorus. Try using the refrain by itself as a short choral introit during the Christmas season, perhaps w…

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The Cyber Hymnal #2233
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