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The Angels Came to Sing

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2: 13-14 KJV

About the Song

After taking a few years off writing my (supposedly) annual “Christmas Card Carol,” (because … **blushes**… I didn’t manage to send Christmas cards at all) I decided to try sending my Christmas greetings by e-mail, as I’m better with a computer than a pen. Most conveniently, this little lullaby sang itself to me at 4:30 one morning, and begged to be attached to just such an electronic greeting.

Songs meant for little children’s ears are usually fun to compose, and this one was no exception. You need not study for words of four syllables–simple language is best, and the melody can be as sweet as you care to make it.

So with all my bests wishes for a wonderful holiday season, here is 2005’s Christmas Card Carol. May your Christmas be filled with angel song.

December 2017: … twelve years later… I’ve added an updated solo version, Solo 3, which is part of my Children’s Album.  The third verse has been turned into a bridge for this version, and the recording below by Allyse Smith Taylor uses this score.  It includes optional bells, but there isn’t an orchestra score, since the “orchestra” in the recording lives in my computer and was improvised on a keyboard. 🙂  

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:

Accompaniment track:

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There was starlight round his cradle
There was music on the air
Mary knelt to hush her baby
Joseph watched beside her there

Jesus lay in lowly manger
Sent from God to be our King
‘Twas for Him the star was gleaming
And the angels came to sing

There were cattle round his cradle
Ox and lamb were standing nigh
Softest hay became his pillow
Angel song his lullaby
(Repeat chorus)

There were shepherds round his cradle
Come to worship and adore
There were wise men on their journey
Led by heaven’s brightest star
(Repeat chorus)

Heaven watches o’er each cradle
O’er each cradle heaven smiles
For the Lord of earth and heaven
Was himself a little child
Oh remember how that baby
Came from God to be our King
‘Twas for Him the star was gleaming
And the angels came to sing

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  1. April G

    I would love parts for violin and viola if possible.

  2. Stan Gibb

    This is the second time I’ve tried to submit this–
    Regarding Angels Came to Sing–
    Why is the recording in the key of C
    and the notation in the key of Eb?
    Are the string parts available?

    • Sally DeFord

      Stan, comments don’t appear here instantly. I have to review each comment personally to be sure that what gets posted is safe and civil. Sorry for the delay. I actually thought I was doing pretty well to get to it in less than 24 hours. 😉

      The recording is in the key of C major. The score on the “Sheet Music Downloads” tab above labeled “Solo 3: The Angels Came To Sing (Low) with optional bells (PDF)” is the score used to produce the recording.

      It includes optional bells, but there isn’t an orchestra score since the “orchestra” in the recording lives in my computer and was improvised on a keyboard.

  3. Samsara wood

    I found this amazing would it be ok to use it forms performance with the Great British home chorus please X

  4. Steve

    I heard this sung last Sunday. As always – a beautiful song to warm our hearts to the birth of our Savior. Thank you for sharing your amazing gift and talent.

  5. Janene Hart

    Is there a violin part?

  6. Becky

    Once again, this is such a beautiful piece of music. You are truly talented. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. I noticed in the comments above that people were asking if there was a duet version. Is there one. I would love to have a duet do this for our Sacrament meeting Christmas Program. I feel it would really bring the Spirit. If not, we will make this beautiful solo do.

  7. Marcy Candland

    I would also love a copy of the duet if you still have it.

  8. Gary Denniss

    This is a very sensitive and moving rendition of this special song about the first coming of Christ. The melody so gently supports the meaningful word-story of Christmas. Thank you for this.

  9. kelly slagle

    I so enjoy your music! i had this song noted for personal liking. On the website previously there was an audio option. I dont see one now. what or where can i listen to this song..i cant remember which singer did the song

  10. cheri pardue

    I taught this to the Congaree Ward Primary last Christmas and they sang it in sacrament. It was as if a heavenly choir of angels were singing. I love this song and the children loved performing it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with the world! God bless you. Though early, have a blessed Christmas, as you have been able to bring the spirit of Christmas to so many of us through your lyrics and music.

  11. Teresa

    BEAUTIFUL! I sang this as a solo for special music at church and got many comments for both the lyrics and the music. I’d encourage anyone to print this song for use – it’s a keeper.

  12. Chresteane Howell

    Love this song! Beautiful melody and the way it tells that all the miricals that happend at his birth were for our our savior Jesus Christ. Also love the way away in the manger has been worked into the piano. I’ve sang this twice. Last year as a solo and this year as a duet. We made up our own harmony and I must say I think it is even more beautiful as a duet! Would love to send it to Sally if she would like it!

    • Joslin

      I would love a copy of the duet version if you still have it! I’ve been searching and searching for one. I’ve tried writing in my own harmonies but that is not my forte.


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