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HARK! the Herald Angels sing,


Poet: Charles Wesley, 1739; Alt. by George Whitefield, 1753
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
HARK! the Herald Angels sing
Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on Earth, and Mercy mild,
God and Sinners reconcil’d.

Cookham 81b, Stanza 1
Cookham 81b, Stanza 4

Joyful all ye Nations rise,
Join the Triumphs of the Skies;
Nature rise and worship him,
Who is born in Bethlehem.

Christ by highest Heav’n ador’d,
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in Time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s Womb.

Veil’d in Flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th’ incarnate Diety!
Pleas’d as Man with Men t’appear,
Jesus our Emmanuel here.

Hail the Heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and Life to all he brings,
Ris’n with Healing in his Wings.

Cookham 81b, Stanza 3

Mild he lays his Glory by,
Born that Men no more may die;
Born to raise the Sons of Earth,
Born to give them second Birth.

Cookham 81b, Stanza 2

Come, Desire of Nations, come,
Fix in us thy heav’nly Home;
Rise the Woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent’s Head.

Adam’s Likeness now efface,
Stamp thy Image in its Place;
Second Adam from above,
Work it in us by thy Love.

This hymn poem is a rewritten variation of Hark how all the welkin rings, written by Charles Wesley 1739.
Whitefield, George. A Collection of Hymns for Social Worship, More particularly design’d for the use of the TABERNACLE CONGREGATION, in LONDON. Seventh Edition. London: Printed by William Strahan, 1758.