Angels We Have Heard On High

This is a popular English translation of a popular French Christmas carol.

Here are the complete set of verses that I have found so far:

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

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

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

Shepherds in the field abiding,
Tell us when the seraph bright
Greeted you with wondrous tiding,
What you saw and heard that night.
Refrain

We beheld—it is no fable—
God incarnate, King of bliss,
Swathed and cradled in a stable,
And the angel strain was this:
Refrain

Choristers on high were singing
Jesus and His virgin birth,
Heavenly bells the while a-ringing
“Peace, good will to men on earth.”
Refrain

Words: traditional French carol; tr. James Chadwick, 1862.
Tune:Gloria” traditional French Carol.
Meter: Irreg.

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 10th edition (1906.) of the St. Basil’s Hymnal (1889) where it is listed under “Christmas”:

Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains.
Chorus:
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your rapturous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be,
Which inspire your heavenly song.

Come to Bethlehem, come and see,
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come adore on bended knee,
The Infant Christ, the new-born King.

See within a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Saviour’s birth.

The original French text of this hymn may be found here.

 

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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