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Angels We Have Heard on High

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 238
Text: Trad. French carol; trans. Crown of Jesus, 1862, alt. (Lk. 2:6-20)
Music: French carol melody; arr. by Edward Shippen Barnes, 1937; harm. by Austin C.
Tune: GLORIA, Meter: 77.77 with Refrain

1. Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o'er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria,
in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria,
in excelsis Deo!

2. Shepherds, shy this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heavenly song?

3. Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing,
come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

4. See him in a manger laid,
whom the choirs of angels praise,
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
while our hearts in love we raise.

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