Angels We Have Heard on High

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Lyrics to the Christmas carol Angels We Have Heard on High.

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History and facts about Angels We Have Heard on High.

  • The lyrics to the Christmas carol Angels We Have Heard on High are based on the French carol Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes.
  • The author of the french original is unknown.
  • The most common English version is a translation made by James Chadwick in 1862.
  • James Chadwick was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.
  • Angels We Have Heard on High has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Sufjan Stevens among other others.
  • Bad Religion included Angels We Have Heard on High on their Christmas album named Christmas Songs that was released in 2013.

Lyrics

Lyrics to Angels We Have Heard on High.

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!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!