The Angel Gabriel [women's/treble voices]

  • arrangement of the traditional carol for choir SSSA and harp (or piano)

  • Duration 2' 30"


by Sabine Baring-Gould (based on traditional Basque)


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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!" Gloria!

"For known a blessed mother thou shalt be;
All generations laud and honour thee:
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold.
Most highly favoured lady!" Gloria!

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! Gloria!

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! Gloria!