Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 20, 2009

I’m planning a series of Charles Wesley’s hymn during the Christmas season, so I thought I’d give him a day off today. Instead, here’s one of my favourite carols for Advent & Christmas.

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favoured lady,” Gloria!

“For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honour thee,
thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
most highly favoured lady,” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say–
“Most highly favoured lady,” Gloria!

Basque Carol, paraphrsed by Sabine Baring-Gould.

And here, in a special connexions 2-for-1 Christmas offer, is Aled Jones singing the carol in Welsh. Enjoy.

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PamBG 12.20.09 at 9:46 pm

I’m assuming that’s not Basque?


Richard 12.20.09 at 11:36 pm

You’re right, Pam. That’s Cymraeg (Welsh).


Olive Morgan 12.21.09 at 1:53 am

thanks, Richard. That’s one of the wonderful carols we enjoyed singing at our caro; service today.


fat prophet 12.21.09 at 7:45 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed hearing this sung in the language of heaven!!


PamBG 12.22.09 at 10:44 pm

I was being ever so slight facetiously playful, Olive! ;-)

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