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Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Angels We Have Heard on High

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Nativity of Jesus by Christus Petrus c. 1445-1450 at the National Gallery of Art.

Nativity of Jesus by Christus Petrus c. 1445-1450 at the National Gallery of Art.

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The refrain of the French Carol translated into English as "Angels We Have Heard on High" is in Latin - Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Here's one version of the English version of the carol from the same online source as the last. The translation from French to English is by Bishop James Chadwick (1813-1882):

1. Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

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3. Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

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4. See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

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Sources for Latin Christmas Carols

MIDI Files of Christmas Carols

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Also see: Gaudete, Gaudete! Latin Christmas and Holiday Songs! from Latin teacher and writer Laura Gibbs

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