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155. Angels We Have Heard on High

1 Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o'er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

2 Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be,
Which inspire your heavenly song? [Refrain]

3 Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ, who comes in lowly birth.
Come, adore on bended knee
Jesus, joy of heav'n and earth. [Refrain]

4 See within a manger laid,
Christ, whom choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
while our hearts in love we raise. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Angels we have heard on high
Title: Angels We Have Heard on High
Original Language: French
Meter: 77.77 w. refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God Known in Jesus Christ: Birth; Christian Year: Christmas; Descants (3 more...)
Source: Traditional French Carol; tr. Crown of Jesus, 1862, alt.
Tune Information
Arranger: Edward Shippen Barnes (1937)
Harmonizer: Austin C. Lovelace (1964, alt.)
Composer (Descant): Richard E. Gerig (1956)
Meter: 77.77 w. refrain
Key: F Major
Copyright: Harm. © 1964 The United Methodist Publishing House; Desc. © 1979 Hope Publishing Co.

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