See also the French Original: Les anges dans nos campagnes
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
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)
Text & Tune: Les anges dans nos campagnes 77.77 + Glorias
Traditional French carol, trans. James Chadwick (1862)