Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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 th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Refrain:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel!
Refrain.

*Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings!
Ris’n 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 conqu’ring 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, Lord, 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.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1739, alt.
Music:Mendelssohn” Felix Mendelssohn, 1840.

*This verse is also occasionally rendered thus:

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.
Ris’n with healing in His wings,
Light and life to all He brings!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Refrain.

Here is Wesley’s original text:

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
“Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
“Christ the Lord is born to-day!”

Christ, by highest Heaven ador’d,
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 as man with men to appear,
Jesus! Our Immanuel here!

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.

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.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy 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.

Here is the text as it appears in John Chandler’s Hymns of the Primative Church (1837):

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
Peace in heaven 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 at Bethlehem.
Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in life behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb;
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead He,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus our Immanuel here.
Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace,
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing on 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 new-born King!

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born 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 new-born 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 as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born 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 new-born King. Amen.

Hymns Ancient and Modern 1867 also provides A.J.B. Beresford-Hope’s 1866 Latin translation of this hymn:

Psallunt nascentis angeli
Regis triumphos nuntii.
Iam clausa bella, iam Deus
Pacatur et liber reus!
Cantilena:
Psallunt nascentis angeli
Regis triumphos nuntii.

En magna iubilatio,
Nascente Dei Filio;
Adeste, gentes, undique,
Cæli triumphos Iungite.
Cantilena.

Angelicis cum cœtibus,
Clamate lætis vocibus,
E Bethleem Emmanuel
Suum frequentat Israel!
Cantilena.

Christus tremendus Rex poli;
Aeternus Auctor sæculi,
Declivi venit tempore,
Natus Maria Virgine!
Cantilena.

O Quæ sub velo latitas,
Ave, Incarnata Deitas!
Emmanuel, Dux, Legifer,
Homo Deus, Salutifer!
Cantilena.

Cælestis Aliger viæ;
Ex Oriente populis
Ferens medelam languidis.
Cantilena.

Mitis deponit gloriam,
Mortemque calcat impiam!
Quod Christus tandem natus est,
Homo iamiam renatus est.
Cantilena.
Amen.

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