The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

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1 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
'All hail,' said he, 'thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favoured lady.'

2 'For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honour thee,
thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold;
most highly favoured lady.'

3 Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
'To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said,
'My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name':
most highly favoured lady.

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 favoured lady.'

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #85

Paraphraser: S. Baring-Gould

Baring-Gould, Sabine, M.A., eldest son of Mr. Edward Baring-Gould, of Lew Trenchard, Devon, b. at Exeter, Jan. 28, 1834, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, B.A. 1857, M.A. 1860. Taking Holy Orders in 1864, he held the curacy of Horbury, near Wakefield, until 1807, when he was preferred to the incumbency of Dalton, Yorks. In 1871 he became rector of East Mersea, Essex, and in 1881 rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon. His works are numerous, the most important of which are, Lives of the Saints, 15 vols., 1872-77; Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, 2 series, 1866-68; The Origin and Development of Religious Belief, 2 vols., 1869-1870; and various volumes of sermons. His hymns, original and translated, appeared in the Church Times; Hymns Ancien… Go to person page >



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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #85

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #700

Catholic Book of Worship III #316


Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #24

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #139

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #285

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #242

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #634


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #265


Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #265


Hymnal Supplement 98 #805

Hymnal: A Worship Book #180

Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #87

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #471


Lutheran Service Book #356

Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #16

Singing the Faith #187

The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #139


The Cyber Hymnal #55


Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #302


With One Voice #632

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Worship (3rd ed.) #695

Worship (4th ed.) #875


Worship and Rejoice #169


Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #57

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