Monday, December 20, 2010

Musical Monday

Last week before Christmas! I promise, I won't keep this going next Monday, but I have to do one more Christmas song.

Every year on Facebook or Twitter people start surveying for favorite Christmas songs. And people post tons of great tunes. But my favorite, every year, continues to be Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

I know I've posted it here probably every year that I've been doing Musical Monday, but honestly, I just can't think of a lyric that moves me more during this season. It's not one of my favorite musical settings (though I do love the Israel Houghton version I posted below), but really, these lyrics are just the whole point of Christmas (and my life as a Christian). I really would encourage you, even if you know this hymn, to take a minute to read through the lyrics and think about them a little bit. I think Charles Wesley was really onto something.


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 the favored one.
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th'incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Hail! the heav'n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sone of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"





Do you choose your favorite Christmas song based on lyrics or the tune?

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