The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Carol VII. The Angelical Hymn

 

From The Hallow'd Belfry Tow'r

For Christmas

Words: Anonymous.

Music: Russian Air
Also: Rev. G. C. E. Ryley, Mus. Bac., Oxon.

Source: Christmas Carols, or Sacred Songs, Suited to the Festival of our Lord's Nativity (London: John William Parker, 1833),  pp. 42-43.

 

THE ANGELICAL HYMN.

" And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."—Luke ii. 13, 14.

From the hallow'd belfry tow'r, 
Hark ! resounds the midnight hour. 
Seek who will the silent sleep, 
We our yearly vigil keep, 
And our solemn carol raise 
Duly to the Saviour's praise. 
Virgin-born, thy praise we sing, 
Son of the Almighty King !

Hail the night, and hail the morn, 
Which beheld the Saviour born ! 
Then in Bethlehem's wakeful fold 
Tidings good the angel told ; 
Tidings full of joy and grace 
To each son of Adam's race ; 
God in form of man array'd, 
God for man a servant made.

Virgin-born, thy praise we sing, 
Son of the Eternal King ! 
When in Thee the Angel's voice 
Bade the shepherds' heart rejoice, 
Straight was heard an answering cry, 
" Glory be to God Most High," 
Echoed from the heavenly train, 
" Peace on earth, good will to men !"

Hark ! we catch the heavenly song ; 
Hark ! the cherubs' hymn prolong ; 
" Glory be to God Most High! 
Who, enthron'd above the sky, 
Deigns to cast his sight below ; 
And, to bless this world of woe, 
Sends his Son our flesh to take, 
Humbled thus for sinners' sake !"

Hark ! the Angel's song agen : 
" Peace on earth, good will to men ! 
Peace from Him, the Prince of Peace ! 
Lo, to grace his coming cease 
Judah's horse, and Ephraim's car, 
Battle-bow, and shafts of war; 
And descends the mystic dove, 
Emblem of the God of love!"

Thus to hail thy natal day, 
Prompted by thine Angel's lay, 
Virgin-born, thy praise we sing, 
Son of the Eternal King ! 
Grant us, as we sing, to live: 
Grant us day by day to give 
Glory first to God, and then 
Peace on earth, good will to men !

 Christmas Carols, or Sacred Songs, Suited to the Festival of our Lord's Nativity (London: John William Parker, 1833),  p. 43.

Note to the sheet music for Carol VII, “Russian Air”: As solo or duet. If sung as the latter, the four first bars, and the thirteenth and fourteenth, to be in unison.

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 5, p. 8.

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