Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Poetry/Song Tuesday: "Angels From the Realms of Glory"


This is one of my favorite Christmas carols of all time and under-performed by the masses if you ask me. I belt it out whenever I can. Wish I could give you the tune, but if you go to Wikipedia and look under the song title they have a little sample of the tune. You'll be singing away in no time.

What appeals to me, besides the catchy tune, are the words of the song--they are big, cool, English-major words. Imagery? Figurative Language? Setting? Characters? Point of View? Allusions? Symbolism? It's all in there.

The song was written in 1816 by James Montgomery, but didn't become popular until 1925. Some namby-pambys wanted to replace the fifth stanza with the one I've included at the end. Where's the drama in that? Give me the wretched sinners in their chains--now that's imagery/Christmas fun we can all enjoy.

As I said, I believe it is and under-rated and under-performed song, so no matter what one the church chooses on Christmas Eve, I'll be singing this one at the top of my lungs while people sing the appointed song. Take that "Angels We Have Heard on High." Sorry "Little Town of Bethlehem." The Angels from the Realms of Glory are takin' over.


Angels From the Realms of Glory


Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Refrain

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Refrain

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Refrain

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Refrain

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Refrain

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

Refrain

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

Refrain

Lord of Heaven, we adore Thee,
God the Father, God the Son,
God the Spirit, One in glory,
On the same eternal throne.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Lord of Heaven, Three in One.

3 comments:

LittleSilkDress said...

"Some namby-pambys wanted to replace the fifth stanza with the one I've included at the end. Where's the drama in that? Give me the wretched sinners in their chains--now that's imagery/Christmas fun we can all enjoy."

This gave me quite the chuckle (of agreement). :)

Bossy Betty said...

Oh yeah! A fellow lover of dramatic language, I see!

--BB

Brian said...

Very nice -- never heard of this one. I'm dying to know how the tune goes. Merry christmas!