The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark, The Angel Choirs Proclaim

For the Christmas-tide

Words: Anonymous, Translation from the Latin by Benjamin Hall Kennedy.

Music: Not Stated but "In Natali Domini" by Friedrich Layritz suggested by the Cyberhymnal. See: On The Birthday Of The Lord - Version 3

Source: Benjamin Hall Kennedy, ed., Hymnologia Christiana, Or, Psalms and Hymns Selected and Arranged in the Order of the Christian Seasons (London: Longman, Green, Longman , Roberts & Green, 1863), #101.

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. John 1.

1. Hark, the angel choirs proclaim
Joyfully the Saviour's name:
At His birth their armies cry
“Glory be to God on high .

God the son made flesh to-day,
Takes the guilt of man away :
Pardoned sinners, shout for joy.

2. As the glory shines around,
Fears the shepherd throng confound,
Till the angel's cheering voice
Bids their timid hearts rejoice.
            God the Son, &c.

3. Hasting with obedient mind,
Him in swathing bands they find;
Him, by whom the worlds were made
In a Lowly manger laid.
            God the Son, &c.

4. Glory be to God above,
Fountain of Eternal love,
To the Father and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One.
            God the Son, &c.

Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 33, without verse 3.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #66, pp. 100-1.

"In Natali Domini. Original Melody.
Harmony by
Dr. F. Layriz"

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