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Hark The Herald Angels Sing !

Updated on January 31, 2016
Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley

About three centuries ago Charles Wesley master of hymn writers was born. In his life time he wrote 6000 hymns and poems. Even today you can not open a hymn book without finding many of Charles Wesley hymns in it.

He wrote such gems has Love Divine, All Love Excelling and Jesus Lover of My Soul, but one of his most famous hymns is Hark The Herald Angels Sing. Why has this hymn lasted all these years and is still sung around the world at Christmas time. It may because the heart of this hymn is telling the eternal truth, of the new born King and peace.

A rejoicing and peaceful spirit can not be produced or can it be restrained be any outward conditions. The Apostle Paul was imprisoned and in the shadow of his approaching death, when he wrote one of his greatest Epistles. It’s theme was joy and it’s purpose was to make the people rejoice.

What do people strive for in life? Money, land or power, which are all good things but which can be lost faster then it took them to get it and only will bring temporary joy and happiness .

Peace and joy are matters of the heart and the spirit giving to you by God. Even if you have little of this world’s goods you may possess a peace which passes all human understanding. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”.


Joy is that happy affection of the soul which comes from the possession and prospect of good. It comes from a heart that is fixed and full of something eternal and beyond itself. The joy of the earth is sometimes very frustrating, but the joy from God is permanent and satisfying. A true joy comes from our sense of pardoned for our sin and a union with Christ. True joy is pure and enduring and eternal. It is the result of our personal relationship with God and obedience to His law.

What Charles Wesley was telling us in his beautiful hymn is true, we must possess the God of peace, if we are to possess the peace of God. This is the heart of the great Christian message in that hymn, Christ Jesus the new born King was sent into the world that through Him the world might have salvation and than  be reconciled to God.

Maybe this Christmas season when you hear or sing the hymn “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” you will feel that joy and peace of God shining in your heart and soul. May His peace be with you all this Christmas season and throughout the New Year !


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub on Hark The Herald Angels Sing ! definitely something I had no idea of. So interesting and useful.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy nice to see you, nice to hear you found this hub interesting. I wrote it so everyone would know that Charles Wesley was a master hymn writer, and the author of this one has well. I to love Charlotte Church singing on this video. Thanks so much for your vote up,useful and interesting ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tom,

      This was an interesting history about the author of this quite well known Christmas song. Such a beautiful video with Charlotte Church singing it along with the choir. She has such an amazing voice! Reading this after Christmas but it is a timeless song. Up, useful and interesting votes.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi billips nice to see you, yes i to remember singing it in school too, and you are right it is a great carol. So glad you have enjoyed reading this hub even after Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      I love this Hub Kashmir - Hark The Herald Angels Sing is my favorite Christmas carol - all through elementary school, we had a Christmas concert, at which most of us sang - no Rudolph, or Santa Baby, just all those wonderful old carols that bring so much joy and promise - even though Christmas has passed, I enjoyed hearing it, one more time - regards, B.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Stars nice to see you, so glad you enjoyed reading this hub about this hymn. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for sharing this lovely hub about hymns, and their creator, Charles Wesley. GBY.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Olde Cashmere nice to see you, Glad to hear you enjoyed the video,that is a good one. Yes i was amazed to learn about this song as well. Thanks so much for the voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      Great work kashmir, and the video was a joy to listen to. Awesome to learn the history of this song. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive nice to see you, glad you to hear you enjoyed this hub ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by .

      Have a great weekend my friend !!!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      What a beautiful song :) Excellent hub. I didnt know much of the song until I read this. Merry Christmas :)

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi angie nice to see you, glad to hear you have enjoyed this hub . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      angie ashbourne 6 years ago

      Hi! Beautiful Hub! Angie

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks itakins, i agree with you that Hark the Herald Angels Sing is a very wonderful hymn,glad you enjoyed the video!

      Thank you for the blessings, may you and your family receive God's grace and blessings this Christmas season and through out the new year.

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      St Augustine is quoted as saying ''Singing is praying twice'...and what more beautiful way to praise the Lord than with such a wonderful hymn as 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'.I so enjoyed this video(twice).

      Peace ,Joy and All Blessings to you and yours this Christmas .Thank you for such a beautiful hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you lcg4jc for you very wonderful comments, these men truly had Jesus Christ burning within their hearts to write so many beautiful hymns.

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      lcg4jc 7 years ago

      Thank you kashmir56 for a beautifu hub. Charles Wesley truly was a gifted master musician along with his brother John. Christian men who honored the Lord both in word and deed throughout their lives. I will remember your words and prayer every time I hear this beautiful Christmas Carol. Blessings to you always.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Carrie it is one of my favorite hymns to! I think this hymn will mean much more to me when i do hear it this season. Thanks for your nice comments carrie!

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A beautiful hub Tom. I didn't know the history of that song until now. It's one of my favorites, thanks for sharing it.


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