Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (Hymn)

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1739)

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!”

Refrain
Hark!  The herald angels sing,Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest Heaven 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 with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Refrain

Hail the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen 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.

Refrain

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

Refrain

Adam’s likeness, now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Refrain

I know that Christmas is over now, but “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is probably my favorite Christmas hymn, so I had to put it in.  There is more deep doctrine in this hymn than we can find in most Christmas sermons around the country this Christmas season.  Every verse is powerful and it is a joy to sing.  I only wish we would sing Christmas hymns all year long!

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. I wish we could sing Christmas hymns year round too, Ben! Our local radio station stopped playing Christmas music . . .and I wasn’t ready to stop yet, so thank you !

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