Angels We Have Heard On High (Hymn)

Angels We Have Heard On High
French carol; English version by James Chadwick (1862)

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

My favorite part of this song is the refrain “Gloria, in excelsis Deo”.  I enjoy singing this carol at Christmas because I enjoy all of the movement in the held our “Gloria…”, but I enjoy the truth that it represents even more.  “Glory to God in the highest”.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I’m so excited for Christmas carols! I put 3 Christmas CDs on my iPod yesterday (one of which is the soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”) and have been enjoying listening to them. I really like Angels We Have Heard on High because it is so upbeat. I can’t wait to see what we are going to sing in church this morning. Peace and Merry Christmas, Linda


  2. Smiling! Thank you for helping us keep Jesus as our focus this Christmas! Glory to God indeed! blessings, deb


  3. Oh nice!

    Thanks, Ben.

    I love singing songs of worship to Him. Christmas is such a wonderful time.



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