Monday, December 14, 2009
Angels From the Realms of Glory
heark, the herald angels sing
Originally uploaded by Melvin T. Schlubman
Do you love the words to hymns?
I bought a book "Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories" and aim to post about it in future.
Today I read the lyrics to "Angels From the Realms of Glory", written by James Montgomery (1816) and Henry Smart (1867).
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:
Come and worship, Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.
James Montgomery was inspired to write the words after reading Luke 2, in particular verse 13. He was orphaned at a tender age, when his parents felt the calling to be missionaries in Barbados, and they died there. His parents had left him in Ireland in a Moravian community. He became a respected community leader and publisher of the Sheffield Iris newspaper, and this song was first sung on Christmas day in 1821 in a Moravian church in England.
I love to sing these songs when alone. Trust me, you don't want to hear me, though I do sing with enthusiasm.
This Advent season is when angels are especially winging o'er all the earth, I believe.