> Steeleye Span > Songs > Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

[ Roud 8337 ; Ballad Index FSWB381C ; trad.]

Maddy Prior sang this carol on Steeleye Span's 2004 CD, Winter. She commented in the album's sleeve notes:

A slightly less robust singing of this commonly sung carol. But we've beefed up the backing.

Lyrics

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 the angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king.

Christ by highest heav'n adoredm
Christ the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the virgins womb.
Veiled 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 heaven-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 sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king.