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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,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.
2  Shepherds, in the field abiding,
    Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
    Yonder shines the infant light:
3  Sages, leave your contemplations,
    Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
    You have seen His natal star:
4  Saints, before the altar bending,
    Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord descending
    In His temple shall appear:
5  Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
    Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
    Mercy calls you—break your chains:
James Montgomery, 1771-1854