Angels From the Realms of Glory (Hymn)

Angels From the Realms of Glory
James Montgomery (1816)

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:


Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.


Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.


Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.


Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:


All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

I had not heard all of the verses to this song that are listed here, but I like the ones I hadn’t heard.  When you think about this song, it basically deals with every group of people.  It deals with sinners and it deals with saints.  It deals with Christ’s birth and it deals with His eternal reign.  It deals with the lowly among us (the shepherds) and it deals with the “higher” among us (the sages).  There is one thing all of these various things have in common: their need for Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, What a great hymn! We are all called to “Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King.” Now I’m starting to get excited for Christmas! This reminds me it’s time to decide on an advent devotional. Peace, Linda


    • I love that line! I’m getting excited about it also. Last night, when I was buying some new Christmas lights, I felt sorry for those who don’t know Jesus. They are “enjoying” the Christmas season, but it really doesn’t have the meaning to them that it does to me. Worship Christ the newborn King!


  2. What a wonderful hymn and I love that He came for all of us! 🙂 God bless you, Ben!


  3. Lovely!

    I too am getting excited! ( thanks kindly)

    This Hymn is truly classically beautiful. This part jumps at me
    “Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
    Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
    Justice now revokes the sentence,
    Mercy calls you; break your chains.”

    Mercy Broke my chains! Bless the name of the Lord!!

    I’ve been trying to figure out what my favourites Christmas songs are… Whichever it works out to be, the finished work is all that matters. Thanks be to God for the ministry for reconciliation.



    • I liked that verse too! And I had never actually heard it until I was looking for the words for this blog. That verse is unfortunately not in our hymnbook at church- but it should be!

      “Mercy broke the chains!” What a truth!

      By the way, I don’t think that there is any way I could pick my favorite Christmas songs. That would be like trying to pick a favorite verse. 🙂 This one is my favorite until I read the next one!


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