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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing | Christmas Carol Lyrics & Free Piano Sheet Music

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History for 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

The lyrics to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was written by Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley, an early leader of the Methodist church. Rich in scriptural references, the carol speaks of the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Many scholars believe it to be one of the best songs in the English language.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.
Luke 2:13-14


Fun Facts for 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

The tune was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840 for his cantata, "Festgesang", which was written to commemorate Johann Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is sung by the whole Peanuts gang at the end of Charles Schultz' animated Christmas special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas".


Lyrics for 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.

With th' angelic hosts proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
off-spring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail, the incarnate deity.
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness.
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.
Now 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.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!
Peach on earch and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
" Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Adam's likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine 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,
Formed in each believing heart.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!


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