The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Angelic Messenger, Repeat

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), Hymn VII, p. 7-8.

"Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke ii. 10.

1 Angelic Messenger, repeat
Those joyful sounds once more;
For sure no accents half so sweet,
E'er reached my ears before.

2 "Glad tidings from heaven I bring,
"Glad tidings to all upon earth:
"This day is Christ born to be King,
"And Bethl'hem's the place of his birth."

3 Sounds seraphic fill the air,
Angel bands assemble there:
Heav'n itself, come down to earth,
Celebrates the Saviour's birth.

Glory to God on high be giv'n;
"And on earth peace, good will from heav'n."

Editor's Note.

Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 9, as a carol with two verses. The second verse begins with the first line of the third verse above. The end of the second verse is slightly different:

To celebrate the Saviour's birth ;
Glory to God on high be given,
And on earth peace, good-will from heaven

No tune name is given.

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