Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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 angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail, th'incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.
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.
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.
After receiving Christ, Charles Wesley immediately started writing hymns. During his life he wrote over 6,000 hymns! He was very particular about his hymns too and did not like people changing a few words or publishing them without mentioning the original words. When he was 32, in 1739, he wrote this hymn:
Hark, how all the welkin rings, "Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say, "Christ the Lord is born today!"
We can thank his good friend and evangelist, George Whitefield, for changing the words a little so we now how, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".
*Hymn history was taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan