Hark, hark, what news the angels bring (William Knapp)

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Editor: Sue Glover (submitted 2001-02-21).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edition based on William East's The Voice of Melody, Book 1, 2nd ed, 1750, located at Gallery Music and Psalmody website

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Title: Hark, hark, what news the angels bring
Composer: William Knapp

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1743

Description: This Christmas hymn was first published on pp30-31 of William Knapp's Anthems for Christmas Day, London: (1743). It was later republished in the works of the Leicestershire psalmody composer and compiler William East. Hymn Tune Index tune number 1682.

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Original text and translations

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Hark! Hark! what News the Angels bring,
glad tidings of the newborn King,
The New-born King,
Who is the Saviour of mankind
in whom we may salvation find.

Born of a Maiden undefiled,
Meet Mother of the Heavenly Child,
The Heavenly Child.

This is the day, the blessed morn,
The Saviour of mankind was born;
Born of a maid, a virgin pure,
Born without sin, from guilt secure.

If angels sing at Christ his birth,
Sure we have greater cause for mirth;
For why? It was then for our sake
Christ did our human nature take.

Sweet Christ, thou didst thyself debase,
Thus to descend to human race;
And leave thy Father’s throne above,
Lord, what could move thee to this love?

May we contemplate and admire
And join with the celestial choir;
Extend your voice above the sky:
All glory be to God on high.