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Angels From The Realms Of Glory Christmas Song

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

Year: 1816

Written By: James Mont­gom­e­ry

'Angels From The Realms of Glory' is a Christmas carol that was written in the 19th century by James Montgomery. It has been recorded by hundreds of artists down through the years, the best of which are detailed below:

1957 - Although not that well known today, Fred Waring's 'Now Is the Caroling Season' was a massive hit in the late 50's. Waring and his choral group the Pennsylvanians took on 21 traditional standards for the album including 'Angels From The Realms of Glory'. All told, this is a classical treat.

1984 - Roger Whittaker is no stranger to Christmas music and he worked his magic again on 'Tidings of Comfort & Joy' which featured a slightly subdued version of the song.

1991 - The King's College Choir of Cambridge may have created the definitive choral version of this carol on their 'Christmas at King's' collection.

1990 - The Canadian Brass ensemble are nothing if not prolific and their version of this song on their 'The Christmas Album' shows they can equally balance quality with quantity.

1994 - Jazz piano player Butch Thompson created a jolly impression of  'Angels From The Realms of Glory' on his cool festive release 'Yulestride'.

1998 - Plácido Domingo's 'A Gala Christmas In Vienna' includes a version of 'Angels From The Realms of Glory' where the tenor is joined on vocals by Sarah Brightman. The pair create a bombastic and memorable take on the old carol.

2000 - Julie Andrews gives the carol the requisite class and traditional makeover it deserves for her 'Greatest Christmas Songs' release.

2010 - Annie Lennox recorded 'Angels From The Realsm Of Glory' for her 'A Christmas Cornucopia' of Christmas carols. The carol suits Lennox's impressive vocal range and it is bolstered by the impressive arrangements.

 

Angels From The Realms Of Glory Lyrics

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

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light;
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star;
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!
 

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