Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels from the Realms of Glory is a carol written by James Montgomery. The carol is usually sung to the tune of the French carol Les anges dans nos campagnes (which due to this usage has become known as Iris, the name of Montgomery”s newspaper)due to the similarities in their opening stanzas. In the USA however the tune of Regent Square by Henry Smart is used, which is also used in England for the carol Light”s abode, celestial Salem. It first appeared in the Sheffield Iris on 24th December 1816, a newspaper edited by the author. It was marked out from other carols at the time by its religious character – others were predominantly focused on eating!

Born to an Ayrshire clergyman in 1771, James Montgomery initially failed school, was taken on as an apprentice baker, before escaping to become an apprentice publisher to Mr Gales who published the Sheffield Register, a casino online radical newspaper. Montgomery took over the Register after Mr Gales, fearing the consequencs of his eulogies of the French Revolution, left for France in 1794.

Under Montgomery the paper, which changed name to the Sheffield Iris, became less radical, although Montgomery was still imprisoned twice for libel – the first time for publishing a song of the storming of the Bastille, and a second for the coverage of a local riot. After 31 years as edior, the Paper was taken over by a rival in 1825.

After retiring in 1825, Montgomery dedicated his life to producing religious verse. In total kasino online he produced over four-hundred hymns and was involved in the adaptation of many more.

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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