Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the Song and the Story

Composer Charles Wesley Writes Hark the Herald Angel Sings

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing first appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739. It was written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), writer of many significant hymns, and brother of the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley (1703-1791; See: History of Hymns).

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing was originally sung to the tune of Amazing Grace, and later to the tune of Christ the Lord is Risen Today. George Whitfield (1714-1770), a preacher in the Church of England and later a Methodist minister, gave us the familiar melody sung today.

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Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

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And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14)

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Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen