Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blog-Caroling - "Angels We Have Heard on High"

Our genea-blogging friend footnoteMaven has started a Blog Caroling meme here - we are supposed to claim our favorite Christmas Carol.

I mentioned "Angels we Have Heard On High" in my Christmas Arts post yesterday, and I think this is just about my favorite - maybe because of the Latin in it? Or because I can sing it in J-sharp and no one notices because of the joy it brings everone else?

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear?

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 new-born King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.


Musicologists have decided that this anonymous French tune was probably created around the eighteenth century. Some legends place its origin as as early as the second century.

Traditional French Carol
Words: Tra­di­tion­al French car­ol (Les Anges dans nos Cam­pagnes).
Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by James Chad­wick (1813-1882); ap­peared in Crown of Jesus, 1862.
Music: “Gloria (Barnes),” French carol melody; ar­ranged by Ed­ward S. Barnes.

Recorded/Performed: Andy Williams - 1970

Also recorded by: Tennessee Ernie Ford; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Tommy Greer; Clancey Brothers; Scarlet Rivera; Eric Rigler; Madeline McNeil; Dandi Patty; Nat King Cole; Lorie Line; Connie Brown; Scott Miller; Vienna Boys Choir; Percy Faith; Collin Raye; Frankie Gavin; Texas Boys Choir; Mel Weston; Donny Osmond.

1 comment:

footnoteMaven said...


You sound marvelous!

I love hearing Angels on High. Thank you for Blog Caroling with us.

Merry Christmas!

Ho, Ho, Ho!