German Advent Calendar Day 17
Hört der Engel helle Lieder

‘Hört der Engel helle Lieder’ is also known as ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. The 18th French tune has been given a German text in 1954 by composer Otto Abel.

Hört der Engel helle Lieder
klingen das weite Feld entlang,
und die Berge hallen wieder
von des Himmels Lobgesang:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Hirten, warum wird gesungen?
Sagt mir doch eures Jubels Grund!
Welch ein Sieg ward denn errungen,
den uns die Chöre machen kund?
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Sie verkünden uns mit Schalle,
dass der Erlöser nun erschien,
dankbar singen sie heut alle
an diesem Fest und grüßen ihn.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

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