The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! All Around The Welkin Rings

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Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: Davies Gilbert, Some Ancient Christmas Carols. London: John Nichols And Son, Second Edition, 1823, Carol #16, pp. 51-2.

1. Hark! all around the welkin rings,
    Bright Seraphs hail the morn
That ushers in the King of kings,
    That sees our Saviour born.

Chorus.
Ye people on earth, your voices now raise
    To Christ your Redeemer with carols of praise;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

2. The shining Heralds from on high
    The joyful tidings bear
With acclamations down the sky,
    And humble Shepherds hear. Chorus.

3. Glory to God, and peace to men,
    The Heavenly Chorus sing;
Let Earth repeat the sound again,
    To hail the new-born King. Chorus.

4. Live, Jesus! let thy Kingdom spread
    Through all the earth below;
Let land to land thy wonders read,
    And thy salvation know. Chorus.

5. Hosanna! let all Earth and Heaven
    Salute this happy morn;
Today the promis'd Child is given,
    And God himself is born. Chorus.

Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #61
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Editor's Note.

Distinguished from another well-known hymn with a similar title, Hark! All Around The Welkin Rings (1739) by Charles Wesley, which was eventually morphed by editors into Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

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