Nursery Rhymes

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Lyrics and Music

The lovely words and lyrics of this cherished hymn begin with "Angels we have heard on high, singing sweetly through the night" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The Latin words 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo' translate into English as "Glory to God in the highest". The name of the French author of the lyrics and words of this ancient Christmas Carol, 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo', and the name of its composer have been lost over time and are unfortunately unknown. It is likely to have been written in Latin by a member of a religious order. We have placed 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo' in the category of Christmas Carols. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this popular Christmas carol that is also known as Angels we have heard on high.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Hymn
Title: Gloria in Excelsis Deo *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: James Chadwick, who translated the words from French to English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: Angels we have heard on high, singing sweetly through the night
First Publication Date: 1862

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Lyrics

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear?
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

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