The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ye Angels, Whose Harmonious Strains

For Christmas

Words and Music: Samuel Wakely
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF


Source: W. A. Pickard-Cambridge, A Collection of Dorset Carols (London: A. W. Ridley & Co., 1926), #17.

1. Ye Angels, whose harmonious strains
Surpris'd the slumb'ring Jewish swains,
    Surprised the slumb'ring Jewish swains,
Now tune your harps and sing again,
On earth be peace, Good will to men.

2. He comes, He comes, the long-foretold!
Hear Him, ye deaf! ye blind, behold!
Let Nature rise to greet her King,
And all her sweetest incense bring.

3. See, in the East His star appears,
And breaks the gloom of numerous years;
Bids the deep shades of darkness fly,
And speaks the Prince of glory nigh.

Also found in Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), pp. 55-56 without the second verse but with the following additional verse:

Great Prince ascend thy peaceful throne,
    And make a conquered world thine own ;
Let general honours to thee rise,
    And one vast Anthem fill the skies.

The repeated second line in the first verse does not occur in this version.

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