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The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Gabriel's Message)


R. Mather

SATB and organ (plus optional other instrument)

Basque Carol


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,"

"For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
   all generations laud and honour thee,
thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
   most highly favoured lady,"

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,

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,"


The angel Gabriel - arr Mather

The angel Gabriel arr R. Mather

Created 15-Sep-08

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came

Gabriel's Message, or The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque: Birjina gaztettobat zegoen) is a Basque Christmas folk carol about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. It quotes the biblical account of that event (Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-38) and Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1.46-55).

It was translated into English by Sabine Baring-Gould and is best known from that version.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Metasyntactic variable".

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