December 6, 2006

Hark!

We've been hearing the watered-down (i.e. instrumental) versions over store radio for a few weeks now, totally missing out on the beautiful lyrical content! As Platonicus Booknutticus showed in a recent post (here), song lyrics have the power to convey a feeling that cannot be expressed otherwise. Lyrics can reject, reclaim, reconcile and rejuvinate us. The following are lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas songs, "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." Italicized words beg for your attention.


Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

1 comment:

Platonicus Booknutticus said...

I can't get over these words.

God and sinners reconciled.

The whole song, all of it.

It is so wonderful to have a King. Once He found me, I realized that He is what I've always longed for.

Lewis compares the role 'democracy' to the role of 'clothing' in Eden after the fall.

Isn't that brilliant? The longer you think about it, the more it will appear so.

I love you.

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