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Hark the Herald Angels Sing Glory to the Newborn King

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies

Angels and shepherds

Angels and shepherds

Hark, (Lisen closely)

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 angelic hosts proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! the herald angels sing:
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Many sing the first verse and even know it by heart but it is the second and third stanzas that bring home the gospel truth.

[Verse 2]
Christ by highest Heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing:
"Glory to the newborn King!"

[Verse 3]
Hail the Heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing:
"Glory to the newborn King!"

These lyrics tell the gospel story in song and during the Christmas season they cause people to reflect on what its all about.

Glory to the Newborn King

It was in 1855, British musician William H Cummings adapted Felix Mendelssohn's secular music from Festgesang to fit the lyrics of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The song was written by Charles Wesley. who envisioned it being sung to the same tune as his Easter classic "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today". If you listen closely, you will notice that both songs begin with a similar sound, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as selection number 403 in "The Church Hymn Book" (New York and Chicago, US, 1872). Hark the Herald is the song that was used in most older adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. it is also sung by the children at the end of the television holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Hark, listen and pay attention to what the Heavenly Host is saying. Christ, the highest adored in heaven and the everlasting Lord has taken the form of mortal man, in order to dwell among us. He is now a soon coming King but can continue to be a newborn King in the hearts of those who choose now to accept His free gift of eternal life. There is no evidence that He was born in December but the early hymn writers knew the purpose for which He came and gave the world beautiful scripture-based melodies and lyrics to remind us each holiday season and keep Christmas in our spirits all through the year,

Second Birth

I heard a song today on a gospel radio station titled "I was born to win." Such songs wrongly put the focus on our human flesh, our purpose and destiny and leave christ out of the loop. The older Christmas carols kept the focus on the virgin birth and how He came to reconcile us to the Father and give us second birth so we don't have to experience the second death. The secular world and even many believers in Christ have taken the December 25 holiday in directions that it was never intended to go. The purpose was to focus on the miracle at Bethlehem and the promise of eternal life that would come through Calvary. I am thankful that in the Baptist church where I grew up, we sang the second, third, and fourth stanzas of the Christmas carols and the meaning of why He came is instilled in me today because of it. These verses are preaching the gospel that saves souls from hell and gives them everlasting life with Christ. If you don't know Him, please re-read the lyrics and listen to the song, then choose the gift that He gave which keeps on giving each time a sinner is reborn in Him. Halleluyah, Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men, with the Prince fo Peace in their hearts.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 06, 2020:

Merry Christmas to you as well.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2020:

I am very familiar with the first verse, but not the others. It is a beautiful and triumphant song. "Glory to the newborn King!" Wishing you an early Merry Christmas.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 06, 2020:

What a wonderful article to remind us all of the miracle of baby Jesus.

This year with Covid-19 pressing upon all of us we really need to lift our voices up to God.

A great article Cheryl.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 06, 2020:

This is a wonderful article, Cheryl. I have always loved that hymn, and I do know the first verse by heart. I agree with you about some of today's songs as the focus is not on Jesus but on self.

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