The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bright Angel Hosts Are Heard On High

Words: Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes
Translation: "A Cornish Carol," Anonymous, before 1916.
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Source: Carol #7, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Bright Angel Hosts are heard on high
All sweetly singing o'er the plains;
While mountains echo in reply
The burden of their joyous strains.

2. Say, Shepherds, why this Jubilee,
What doth your rapturous mirth prolong?
Say, say what may the Tidings be
Which still inspire that Heaven'ly song?

3. Come, come to Bethlehem, come and see
The Child whose Birth the Angels sing;
Come, come, adore on bended knee
The Infant Christ, the newborn King!

4. See, there within a Manger laid
Jesus, the Lord of Heav'n and Earth!
See, saints and Angels lend their aid
To celebrate the Saviour's Birth!

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), #7.

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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #30
Cornish lyrics adapted by Chope; Cornish melody adapted by H. S. Irons

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