Christmas Carols in Prose #3: Angels We Have Heard on High

Angel of the Lord window attributed to the Quaker City Stained Glass Company of Philadelphia, PA 1912. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC. Photo: Cadetgrey. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Photo: Cadetgrey.

We’ve heard angels on high singing sweetly over the plains, and we’ve heard the mountains echoing their joyous strains in reply: “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why do you prolong your joyous strains? What are the glad tidings that inspire your heavenly song? “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing about. Come adore Christ the Lord on your knees. He is the newborn king. “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

[Original Text: translated by James Chadwick from a French carol]







2 responses to “Christmas Carols in Prose #3: Angels We Have Heard on High”

  1. Bruce Christensen Avatar
    Bruce Christensen

    Sang -> sing, right?

    I’m enjoying the series. Thanks!

    1. Josh Avatar

      Yeah, actually, I think that’s an improvement since the tense in the original is present. Glad you’re liking it, Bruce!

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