Hark the Herald Angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King
Peace on mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angleic hosts procliam
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Christ be highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased and man with man to dewell
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun 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.
Manuscript from Carlingcott, Somerset
In Carlingcott, in what used to be the North Somerset coalfield, the Wesleyan chapel had a choir and orchestra for over 130 years before it closure in 1981. Their music manuscripts were examined in the 1980s by researchers Bob and Jacqueline Patten, and this is the source for our version of "Hark the Herald Angels"
-- from the sleeve notes of "Angels a-shouting".
(Search Roud index at VWML)