The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Long, Long Ago, The Angel Throng

Alternate Title: The Christmas Story

Words: Rev. F. C. Fisher

Music: Frederick A. Keene
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
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Source: Carol #271, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916).

1. Long, long ago, the Angel throng
O'er Judah's hills appearing,
First chanted their immortal song
In holy shepherd's hearing;
And we must sing,
For Christ our King,
Whose love can never vary,
For us was born,
On Christmas morn,
Of blessed Virgin Mary.

Chorus
Come, one and all,
Hark to the call,
Love makes for love's replying,
See where He lies
Who left the skies
To bring us life undying.

2. Of old He was the Father's Son,
On throne of glory seated:
By Him God spake and it was done,
When earth was first created.
That loving toil
The devil did spoil
By Adam's ill behaviour,
But God did send the sinner's Friend
His Son to be our Saviour. Chorus

3. No common birth such hope could give,
That man should save his brother:
The purest maid of all that live
God chose to be His mother;
For as she heard
The angel's word,
The Spirit came upon her,
And full of grace
She bow'd her face,
To bear such wondrous honour. Chorus

4. Now praise the Lord who thus did come,
And in His love hath taken
Away to call His children home,
That none might be forsaken;
The Son of God
In Heav'n's above,
Poss'd eternal glory:
Yet He for us
Was humbled thus,
And that's the Christmas Story. Chorus

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

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