The Angels' Song

The night in solemn stillness hung

Author: Anonymous
Tune: CHRISTMAS
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1 The night in solemn stillness hung
O'er pastures fair and green
when from above the angels' song
Fell thro' the still serene;
It came to those whose watchful care
Kept their flocks in safety there.

Refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice, Jerusalem,
For unto you is peace restored
Today is born a Saviour
Which is Christ the Lord.

2 Great dread and wonder at the sound
Then fill'd each heaving breast,
And prone they lay upon the ground
By trembling fears possessed;
While louder still the anthem rung
By myriad angel voices sung. [Refrain]

3 But lo! of joy and peace on earth
The angel voices spoke:
And of the Saviour's infant birth
The gladsome tidings broke;
And bade the shepherds wend their way
To where the cradled infant lay.

4 And still the accents sweet and fair
Came thro' the starry night,
Then died away upon the air
With sounds of rare delight;
But lo! a star serenely shone
To guide their eager footsteps on. [Refrain]

Source: The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #126

Author: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: The night in solemn stillness hung
Title: The Angels' Song
Author: Anonymous
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.7.8.8.7.5
Refrain First Line: Rejoice, rejoice, Jerusalem

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The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #126

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