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HARK! the Herald Angels sing,

CHRIST'S Birth.

Poet: Charles Wesley, 1739; Alt. by George Whitefield, 1753
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
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

2
Joyful all ye Nations rise,
Join the Triumphs of the Skies;
Nature rise and worship him,
Who is born in Bethlehem.



3
Christ by highest Heav’n ador’d,
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in Time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s Womb.



4
Veil’d in Flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th’ incarnate Diety!
Pleas’d as Man with Men t’appear,
Jesus our Emmanuel here.



5
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

6
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

7
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.



8
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.