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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 to meek and lowly Mary,
"most highly favored maiden." Gloria!

2 "I come from heav'n to tell the Lord's decree:
a blessed virgin mother you shall be.
Your Son shall be Immanuel, by seers foretold,
most highly favored maiden." Gloria!

3 Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
"To me be as it pleases God," she said.
"My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name."
Most highly favored maiden, Gloria!

4 Of her, Immanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
"Most highly favored maiden." Gloria!

Source: Christian Worship (2021): Hymnal #328

Translator: 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 1867, 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 >

Text Information

First Line: The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Title: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Basque Title: Birjina gaztettobat zegoen
Translator: S. Baring-Gould
Source: Basque carol
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Catholic Book of Worship III #316


Christian Worship (1993) #24


Christian Worship (2021) #328

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #139

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #285

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Common Praise #242

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #634


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #265


Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #378


Hymnal Supplement 98 #805

Hymnal #180

Hymns and Psalms #87


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #285

Hymns Old and New #471

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #513


Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #280


Lutheran Service Book #356

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RitualSong (2nd ed.) #972

Singing the Faith #187

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The Book of Praise #156

The Covenant Hymnal #139


The Cyber Hymnal #55


The Hymnal 1982 #265


The Presbyterian Hymnal #16


Together in Song #302


With One Voice #632

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Worship (3rd ed.) #695

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Worship (4th ed.) #875


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Worship in Song #57

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