Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 6

     One of the Christmas hymns that I remember from the days of my youth singing in the church choir is Angels We Have Heard on High.  When a choir director teaches kids how to sing songs, especially those that have the occasional Latin in them, the director has be creative.  Phonetics is a wonderful thing when it comes to pronouncing words in songs.  The words "in excelsis deo" became "een egg shell seas day-oh."  I still have fun with this hymn.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing over the plains
And the mountains in reply,
Echoing their joyous strains.
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Shepherds, why this Jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord,
The newborn King
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

See Him in a manger laid
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior's birth.
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Source of lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/angels_we_have_heard_on_high_lyrics_christmas_songs.html

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