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December 18 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (A Christmas Carol Advent)




This song was written by Charles Wesley and first appeared in print in 1739.  The opening verse was originally written as “Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings.”  The version sung today is different from Wesley original tune mainly due to alterations made by George Whitfield who worked with Wesley.  This song is considered one of the “Great Four” Anglican Hymns.

Commentary & Analysis

This song covers many of the same items as previous songs in this Christmas Carol Advent, and rather than regurgitate many of the same themes covered with those other songs, I thought it might be fun to simply go through this entire song and add verse references and support to the lyrics shown below. So, with just one more week until Christmas, here we go…

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