The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thus Angels Sing, And Thus Sing We

The Song of the Angels, Luke ii. 13.

For Christmas-eve

Words: George Wither

Music: Orlando Bloom

 

Source: George Wither, Hymns and Songs of the Church (London: Printed by the Assigns of George Wither, 1623, reprinted London: John Russell Smith, 1856) Song XXXIV, p. 147.

See: George Wither's Hymns of the Christmas-tide

Thus Angels sung, and thus sing we;
To God on high all glory be ;
Let him on earth his peace bestow.
And unto men his favour show.

Sheet Music by Orlando Bloom (1623), from George Wither, Hymns and Songs of the Church (London: Printed by the Assigns of George Wither, 1623, reprinted by the Spencer Society, 1881), p. 110.

Note by George Wither, pp. 146-147.

This is the third Evangelical Song mentioned in the New Testament ; and it was sung by a choir of Angels (at the birth of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ), whose rejoicing shall be made complete by the redemption of mankind. In this Song they first glorify God, and then proclaim that happy peace and reconciliation, which his Son's Nativity should bring unto the world, rejoicing therein ; and in that unspeakable good-will and dear communion, which was thereby established between the god head, the manhood, and them; We therefore ought to join with them in this Song, and sing it often, to praise God, and quicken faith and charity in our selves.

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