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Hark The Herald Angels Sing Songs Lyrics

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is an extremely popular Christmas carol , particularly in Christmas time movies, that carries a religious message to dome degree usually in the rather spirited last verse. It features as the penultimate song in the popular movie, It’s a Wonderful Life and is sung by all the Springfield residents at the end of The Simpsons episode "Tis The Fifteenth Season." It was also cited briefly in Tom Lehrer's song, "A Christmas Carol", satirizing the over-commercialization of the holiday:
"Hark! The Herald Tribune sings,"
"Advertising wondrous things!"

History Of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a Christmas hymn or carol written by Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, in 1739. The carols first appeared in 1739 in the Hymns and sacred poems. It differed only slightly from what it is today, for instance the original line then was “Hark! how all the welkin rings". One of the original tunes that the carol was sung to was also used as a tune for Amazing Grace. The term hymns in the 18 th century meant just word without any music whatsoever. It was left to choir directors to choose an appropriate tune based on the meter of the verse.

Music Composition Of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley was a quiet and somber man and therefore he requested that his song be sung to a slow and solemn tune. Owing to the above, the initial version of the carol was distinctly different from what we know today.

The tune that we are familiar with today was composed by Felix Mendelssohn, over a 100 years later, in 1840 as a part of the cantata Festgesang ("Festival Song") as a tribute for printer Johann Gutenberg and honoring his marvelous invention of the printing press. The cantata was presented at the great festival held at Leipzig. Festgesang's second chorus, "Gott ist Licht" ("God is Light"), William Hayman Cummings adapted it in 1855. Mendelssohn is known to have made a rather ironic remark suggesting that the song should never be used as sacred music, however he did advice using different choruses.

The most popular arrangement of the Mendelssohn tune for this carol was published in 1961 by David Willcocks. Many notable singers like Marian Carey have used the song or a version of it on their Christmas albums, thereby making it one of the most popular Christmas carols ever. The song while not as popular as Silent Night , does in it own right take over the imagination of people.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Lyrics

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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