Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a traditional Christmas carol dating back to 1739, composed by Charles Wesley and adapted by George Whitefield in 1758, set to music by Felix Mendelssohn.

The original version of the song, written by Charles Wesley and entitled “Hymn for Christmas-Day” had the opening lyrics: “Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings”.

The lyrics were subject to different changes over time, the version sung today is the one published in Carols for Choirs in 1961.

“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 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 as Man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heaven-born 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.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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