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Songs of Praise- "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM
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Upon his conversion, Charles Wesley immediately began writing hymns, each one packed with doctrine, all of them exhibiting strength and sensitivity, both beauty and thological brawn. He wrote constantly, and even on horseback his mind was flooded with new songs. He often stopped at houses along the road and ran in asking for "pen and ink".

He wrote over 6000 hymns during his life, and he didn't like people tinkering with the words. But one man did the church a great favor by polishing up one of Charles' best loved hymns. When Charles was 32, he wrote a Christmas hymn that began:
Hark, how all the welkin rings,
"Glory to the King of Kings;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
"Christ the Lord is born today!"

The word "welkin" is an old English term for "vault of heaven". It was Charles' friend, George Whitefield, who, when he published this carol in his collection of hymns in 1753, changed the words to the now beloved "Hark! The herald Angels sing".

Taken from "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan copyrighted 2003.

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by Group Admin on Dec. 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

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