The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! The Song of Choirs Angelic

Words: Anonymous

Music: E. Lancaster
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #213

1. Hark! the song of choirs angelic,1.
Radiant in their robes of white,
Gently borne upon the breezes
Breaks tho silence of the night.
Wake, O sleeper!
Wake right early!
Herald angels sing to thee,
Music swelling,
Joy foretelling,
‘Tis the Lord’s Nativity.

2. Filled with fear the wakeful shepherds
Listened to the angels’ lay,
Reassured, they learn the message:
"Christ, your Lord, is born today!
Peace on earth, good will to all men
Through eternal ages be."
Sighs and sadness
Turn to gladness
On the Lord’s Nativity.

3. Lowly in a manger lying,
Heavenly light around Thee shed,
Object of our praise undying:
Holy Child in humble bed;
May Thy birthday ever find us
Praising the Eternal Three,
Who, to save us,
Freely gave us
Life, with Thy Nativity.

4. Year by year, Thy Church unsleeping
Careful of Thy lambs below,
Still her faithful watch is keeping,
Till her cup of joy o’erflow;
Praises will she ever mingle
With her glad festivity:
Carols singing,
Joybells ringing,
On her Lord’s Nativity.

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #213

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