Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Don't think I can wait a year to sing this again

Rick Warren said you can't help but feel good when you sing this. One of my parish musicians and I agreed that this is the greatest Christmas hymn.

With Charles Wesley's lyrical exposition of the Bible, and Mendelssohn's music firing afterburners that keep lifting it higher and higher, by the time I get to verse 3 I have the guilty pleasure of flipping Satan an eternal bird:

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace:
hail, the Sun of Righteousness.
Light and life to all he brings,
risen 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 new-born King.

1 comment:

plsdeacon said...

We sang this as the Sequence hymn at St. James. Both the Verger (who holds the Book of the Gospels) and I insisted on singing this in its Hymnal published form (please as man with man to dwell and born that man no more may die). He smiled and me and I smiled at him and it took great discipline not to laugh.