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Angels from the realms of glory


Traditional French Melody (Iris)
Words by James Montgomery.


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,
Christ the newborn King,
Come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
  Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
  Yonder shines the infant light:

Sages, leave your contemplations,
  Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
  Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
  Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
  In His temple shall appear.

Though an Infant now we view Him,
  He shall fill His Father's throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
  Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
  God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
  To th'eternal Three in One.


Angels from the realms - French

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 06-Jul-13

"Angels from the Realms of Glory" was written by James Montgomery. Its first printing was in the Sheffield Iris on Christmas Eve 1816, though it only began to be sung in churches after its 1825 reprinting in the Montgomery collection The Christian Psalmist and in the Religious Tract Society's The Christmas Box or New Year's Gift.

Before 1928, the hymn was sung to a variety of tunes, including "Regent Square" by Henry Smart, "Lewes" by John Randall, and "Wildersmouth" or "Feniton Court" by Edward Hopkins. In the United States, the hymn is today most commonly sung to the tune of "Regent Square". In the United Kingdom, however, the hymn came to be sung to the French carol tune "Iris" after this setting was published in the Oxford Book of Carols.

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