Hark! the herald angels sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
  “Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
  God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
  Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic hosts proclaim,
  “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
  Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold Him come,
  Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
  Hail th’ incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
  Jesus our Immanuel.
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
  Hail the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
  Ris’n with healing in His wings:
Mild He lays His glory by,
  Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
  Born to give them second birth.
Come, Desire of nations, come!
  Fix in us Thy humble home:
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring seed,
  Bruise in us the serpent’s head;
Adam’s likeness now efface,
  Stamp Thine image in its place:
Final Adam from above,
  Reinstate us in Thy love.
Bob Baer

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

The word Sun in verse 3 is a quote from Malachi 4:2 "But unto you who fear My name, will the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings...:"

The word "Sun" is meant to convey the healing power of Christ in His shining as the light of life John 8:12 and the life that is the light of men John 1:4

Loren Tupper

Bartlesville, OK, United States

In the third verse, why is it "Sun" rather than "Son?"


Lome, Togo

After I had listened to a life-study message this morning this hymn became new to me.

Yes "final Adam from above bruise in us thes serpent's head."


This song is right. Glory to the Lord. He was born to save us!

Stephen Coker

Jalal-Abad, Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan

I believe there is a fifth verse originally: with the fourth verse which most modern versions leave out, to together they are:

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner Man:
O! to all thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.

(Hallelujah! Lord fix in us Your Humble Home)

Steve Miller

Detroit, Mi, United States

In the 1857 version, the 1st 2 lines of the hymn are used as the chorus rather than repeating the last 2 lines of each stanza.


In stanza 2, line 4, some versions of the hymn improve "a virgin" to "the virgin" to agree with the definite article which is there in the Hebrew in Isa 7:14 and in the Greek in Matt 1:23.


In the last stanza, 3rd line, the original said:

Second Adam from above,

The Hymnal.net version, "Final Adam", is a nice improvement to agree with 1 Cor 15:45.


Hello Cad, the downloads are short enough for each stanza, and replays in a permanent loop.



I greet you all in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love, love the hymns so much, but can someone please tell me why the downloads are so short.

Have a blessed day everyone.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Within a year after his conversion in 1738, Charles Wesley wrote 3 great hymns: "Hark! the Herald Angles Sing" for [the Lord's incarnation], "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" for [the Lord's resurrection], and "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise" for [the Lord's ascension]. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Pollock, Louisiana, United States

I love this site. It's helpful and very useful. I'm not very old so I don't exactly know the words, I only know the first verse, but yes I like it I would give it a 5/5 stars. I was making a present for my little brother (he's 5) and he's obsessed with angels so I drew him a picture and wrote the song on the back Hark... you know, well I hope he likes it and thank you who ever made this site and this was my first choice on Google and I liked it a lot so I think first time users like me should really use it a lot so I'm thankful there are still religious people in the world based on what it's like today, so thanks for making the site and letting people use it. It was a blessing. I know I might have spelled a word wrong or two it's probably because I'm not even a teenager. Bye!

...Stanza 2 of Hymns, #84 says, "Christ, by highest heav'n adored, / Christ, the everlasting Lord: / Late in time behold Him come, / Offspring of a virgin's womb. / Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, / Hail th' incarnate Deity! / Pleased as man with man to dwell, / Jesus our Immanuel." Immanuel in Hebrew means "God with us." God became a man to live with man. Stanza 3 says, "Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! / Hail the Sun of righteousness! / Light and life to all He brings, / Ris'n with healing in His wings: / Mild He lays His glory by, / Born that man no more may die; / Born to raise the sons of earth; / Born to give them second birth." This shows that God became a man in order to bring salvation to man.

God speaks and communicates to man through the Bible, but He also wants to be with man. Because He has given us the Bible, God does not need to speak directly to every believer, and if we pay attention to the words in the Bible, we can hear God's speaking. Nevertheless, even though God communicates through the words in the Bible, He personally came to be among man. However, He did not come in the greatness and glory of His position as the God who dwells in unapproachable light (1 Tim. 6:16). If He came in this way, no one would dare come near to Him. There is no way for us to approach the glorious light of God's holiness, because we are defiled and evil. As filthy sinners, we cannot see God, much less approach Him. Therefore, God became a man like us in order to come to us.

Today the Lord Jesus is in our spirit as the seed of the woman to bruise the head of the serpent. He bruised the head of the serpent on the cross, and today He is bruising the serpent's head in us. "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" is a famous hymn written by Charles Wesley. The last verse of this hymn says, "Come, Desire of nations, come! / Fix in us Thy humble home: / Rise, the woman's conqu'ring seed, / Bruise in us the serpent's head; / Adam's likeness now efface, / Stamp Thine image in its place: / Final Adam from above, / Reinstate us in Thy love" (Hymns, #84). Christ's bruising of the serpent's head not only took place on the cross objectively but also is being accomplished in us subjectively. Without Satan's subtle activities in the garden, Christ could not have been revealed as the woman's conquering seed to bruise the head of the serpent in us.

Charles Wesley's hymn "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (Hymns, #84) is of a very high standard. I would like to point out stanza 3 of this hymn, which says, "Born to raise the sons of earth;/Born to give them second birth." God's economy needs man to go through two births. He receives a human life in his first birth. Then he has to go through another birth, the second birth. This birth is for him to receive the divine life. God intended that man would have two lives—the human life and the divine life. In order to do this, God must have a prototype, a model. So He Himself became incarnated to be the prototype.


Titus 3:5 speaks of the washing of regeneration. Regeneration is a washing. It washes away the filthiness of the old nature of our old man. This washing away is to put off our old man and put on the new man. It is also a kind of reconditioning. We all have been regenerated, reconditioned, with the divine life. Regeneration is very deep. I like this word recondition. Charles Wesley used the word reinstate in stanza 4 of hymn #84 —"Reinstate us in Thy love." We lost our state, our position, so we needed to be reinstated. But we also needed to be reconditioned. Our nature, our essence, and our entire being needed to be reconditioned. Nothing can do this except regeneration. To be regenerated is to be reborn, reconditioned, with the divine life.