Hark, hark what news the angels bring (Joseph Stephenson)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-05)   CPDL #39560:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2016-05-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The order of parts in this edition is as in the source, Joseph Stephenson's Church Harmony. The topmost part is printed in the alto clef in Church Harmony, identifying it as an alto part. The middle part is printed in the treble clef without indication of octave, and has here been treated as a tenor part. The time signature in the source is retorted time. Only the first verse of the text is underlaid in the source: the second verse is printed between the two systems of music, and has been added editorially.
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General Information

Title: Hark, hark what news the angels bring
Composer: Joseph Stephenson
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredHymnCarol   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1757

Description: This setting was published as 'A Christmas Hymn' on p28 of Joseph Stephenson's Church Harmony Sacred to Devotion. The first edition of this collection was published in 1757. Hymn Tune Index tune number 2605a.

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Original text and translations

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Hark, hark what news the angels bring,
Glad tidings of a new-born King:
Born of a maid, a virgin pure,
Born without sin, from guilt secure.

Hail, mighty prince, eternal King,
Let heav'n and earth rejoice and sing:
Angels and men with one accord
Break forth in songs, O praise the Lord.