Hark, what mean those holy voices

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General information

Lyricist is John Cawood.

Settings by composers

  • Dudley Buck SATB (vv. 1-2,4-5 only, replacing first two lines of v. 2 with Cherubs, tell the wondrous story, joyous Seraphim reply).
  • Arthur Sullivan SATB

Text and translations

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1  Hark! what mean those holy voices,
sweetly sounding through the skies?
Lo! the angelic host rejoices
heavenly alleluias rise.
2  Listen to the wondrous story,
which they chant in hymns of joy;
"Glory in the highest, glory!
Glory be to God most high!
3  "Peace on earth, good will from heaven,
reaching to earth's utmost bound;
man redeemed, his sins forgiven,
loud our golden harps shall sound.
4  "Christ is born, the great Anointed;
heaven and earth his praises sing:
O receive whom God appointed,
for your Prophet, Priest and King.
5  "Hasten, mortals to adore him;
learn his Name to magnify,
till in heaven you sing before him
Glory be to God most high!"
6  Let us learn the wondrous story
of our great Redeemer's birth;
spread the brightness of his glory
till it cover all the earth.

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