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Hark the Herald Angels Sing

History of Christmas Carols


Title of the Song: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the poeple who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. The said song appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.

Interesting Fact: To celebrate the invention of the printing press, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata in 1840 called Festgesang or "Festival Song". The melody of Mendelssohn's cantata was then used by William H. Cummings and adapted it to the lyrics of Wesley's "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".

Lyrics (Excerpt):
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!"

Music Sheet: Free sheet music for different instruments.

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