Angels we have heard on high (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • CPDL #18416:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2008-12-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 170 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Version with 2nd and 4th stanza descants, alternate 4th stanza harmonization.
  • CPDL #18415:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2008-12-02).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: SATB hymnal version. Error in tenor part (4th measure from the end) corrected & uploaded 2008-12-15.

General Information

Title: Angels we have heard on high
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 4, 5vv   Voicings: SATB and SSATB (including S descant)
Genre: SacredHymnCarol   Meter: 77. 77 with refrain

Languages: English, Latin
Instruments: Organ or Piano

First published: 2008

Description: Original settings utilizing the Hymn tune McShane

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain:
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Refrain

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
Refrain