Hark! the herald angels sing (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Arranger/editor: Charles H. Giffen (added 2006-10-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 114 kbytes   Copyright: Personal This edition may be freely copied, distributed, and performed for non-profit purpose. Please inform the arranger of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Double descants (for ST, SS, or TT) by the arranger. Text as given in The Hymnal 1982 of The Episcopal Church
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Editor: Andrew Hawryluk (added 2006-05-06).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 108 kbytes   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arranged for TTBB voices by Andrew Hawryluk
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Editor: Edward L. Stauff (added 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 pages, kbytes   Copyright: Personal
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Editor: Christopher R. Baker - Online Christmas Songbook (added 2000-11-27).   Score information: kbytes   Copyright: other
Edition notes: adapted by William H. Cummings

General Information

Title: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Number of voices: 4vv  Voicing: SATB, TTBB
Genre: Sacred, Carols
Language: English
Instruments: none, a cappella


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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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 th'angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King.
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 th'íncarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King.
Mild he lays his glory by, Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth.
Ris'n with healing in his wings, Light and life to all he brings,
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King.

Italian.png Italian text

Cantan gli Angeli nei cieli, Gloria Gloria al Redentor,
sopra gli uomini e le cose, sia la pace del Signor,
I confini della terra, sian segnati dall'Amore,

non fuggire dal suo Amor, Egli è venuto anche per te.

Dutch text

Hoor, de eng'len zingen 'd eer van de nieuw geboren Heer!
Vreed' op aarde, 't is vervuld: God verzoent der mensen schuld.
Voegt u, volken, in het koor, dat weerklinkt de hemel door,
zingt met algemene stem voor het kind van Bethlehem!
Hoor, de eng'len zingen d'eer van de nieuwgeboren Heer!
Hij, die heerst op 's hemels troon, Here Christus, Vaders Zoon,
wordt geboren uit een maagd op de tijd die God behaagt.
Zonne der gerechtigheid, woord dat vlees geworden zijt,
tussen alle mensen in, in het menselijk gezin.
Hoor de eng'len zingen d'eer van de nieuwgeboren Heer!
Lof aan U die eeuwig leeft en op aarde vrede geeft,
Gij die ons geworden zijt taal en teken in de tijd,
al uw glorie legt Gij af ons tot redding uit het graf,
dat wij ongerept en rein nieuwgeboren zouden zijn.
Hoor de eng'len zingen d'eer van de nieuwgeboren Heer!