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PostSubject: Hark the Herald Angels Sing   Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:52 pm

Hi I ran across the original version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing and thought I'd share it with you.

Wesley’s orig­in­al ver­sion:

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
“Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
“Christ the Lord is born to-day!”

Christ, by highest Heaven ador’d,
Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus! Our Immanuel here!

Hail, the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.

Mild He lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner Man:
O! to all thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.


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PostSubject: Re: Hark the Herald Angels Sing   Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:34 pm

After what I just read of the world news online, regarding the Pope's statement to all the suffering of minority Christians around the world, and the hate of militants and governments opposing Christians, this is just what I needed to read right now Alex. Thank you. I have never seen that version before, and it is beautiful. What a glorious world we could live in if every human being would take heart to these words.


These are the lyrics to "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", my favorite Christmas carol. There's so much meaning in so few verses:

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

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PostSubject: Re: Hark the Herald Angels Sing   Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:42 pm

That is excellent Amy. Thank you for posting that!


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PostSubject: Re: Hark the Herald Angels Sing   Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:47 pm

You're welcome---it's one of those that the lyrics often get overlooked. When you really sit and listen, it pretty much sums it all up. yes
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