The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Angel Hosts in Bright Array

Words: Rev. George P. Grantham

Music: Rev. George P. Grantham
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 45, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Angel hosts in bright array, --
Stars their night watch keeping, --
Earth-ward went their silent way,
While the world lies sleeping.
Through the wintry clouds they glide,
on through portal hoary,
Where, the ox and ass beside,
Lies the Babe of Glory.

Chorus
Ring the bells, and sound the horn!
Shout with exultation!
Christ the Lord today is born
For the world’s salvation

2. All unseen by mortal eye,
Reverent and lowly;
Prostrate their, they laud on high
Him, "the Infant Holy.
From their lips celestial rise
Sounds, with joy o’erflowing,
Strains upborne beyond the skies,
Hymns with rapture glowing. Chorus

3. Hark the news the Angel tells: --
Lo! An Infant Stranger
God’s dear Son among you dwells,
Born in Bethlehem’s manger!
Bursts a chorus from the sky
Loud from Heaven’s portal:--
Glory be to God on High,
Peace, good-will to mortal! Chorus

4. Angel spirits earthward led,
With a hope endearing,
First to worship, first to spread,
News of Christ’s Appearing!
Trace we out your footfalls light,
Praise we Christ in glory,
Then waft on the tidings bright
Of the Gospel story! Chorus

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Churc (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #65

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