When Christ was Born


(Melody by A. H. Brown, Lyrics: Harlein manuscript, 15th century)

1. When Christ was born of Mary free,
In Bethlehem, that fair city,
Angels sang there with mirth and glee,
“In excelsis Gloria.”

In excelsis Gloria,
In excelsis Gloria,
In excelsis Gloria,
In excelsis Gloria.

2. Herdsmen beheld these angels bright
To them appearing with great light.
Who said, “God’s Son is born tonight
In excelsis Gloria!” Refrain

3. The Kin is come to save mankind
As in Scripture truths we find,
Therefore this song we have in mind,
“In excelsis Gloria.” Refrain

See also

  • Subject: Christmas
  • Form: AB
  • Meter: 4
  • Source: Folk-Songs and Other Songs for Children, Jane Byrd Radcliffe-Whitehead, Oliver Ditson Company, 1903 / Source
  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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