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13 November 2013

Angels from the Realms of Glory

SETTING 1: arranged by Philip Ledger

SETTING 2: arranged by Reginald Jacques

1. Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
2. Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light: (Refrain)

3. Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star. (Refrain)

3. Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear. (Refrain)

4. Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains. (Refrain)

5. Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down: (Refrain)

6. All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One. (Refrain)

Historical Information: Wikipedia / Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Words: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Music: "Les anges dans nos campagnes" (French Carol, 18th century)

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