The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let Angels and Archangels Sing


For Christmas

Words:  Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869), pp. 118-119.

1. Let angels and archangels sing
     The wonderful Immanuel's name,
Adore with us our new-born King,
     And still the joyful news proclaim;
All earth and heaven be ever join'd,
To praise the Saviour of mankind.

2. The everlasting God comes down
     To sojourn with the sons of men;
Without His majesty or crown
     The Great Invisible is seen;
Of all His dazzling glories shorn,
The everlasting God is born!

3. Angels, behold that Infant's face,
     With rapturous awe the Godhead own:
'Tis all your heaven on Him to gaze,
     And cast your crowns before His throne;
Though now He on His footstool lies,
Ye know He built both earth and skies.

4. By Him into existence brought,
     Ye sang the all-creating word;
Ye heard Him call our world from nought;
     Again, in honour of your Lord,
Ye morning stars, your hymns employ,
And shout, ye sons of God, for joy.

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