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This traditional English carol dates back to the fifteenth century. Arranged here as an instrumental Christmas concert piece for woodwind quintet.
When Christ was born of Mary free, in Bethlehem that fair city. Angels sang with mirth and glee, "In excelsis gloria!"
Herdmen beheld these angels bright, to them appeared with great light, who said, God’s son is born this night. "In excelsis gloria!"
The King is come to save mankind as in the scripture we will find; and this song we have in mind. "In excelsis gloria!"
Grant us, O Lord, for thy great grace, in heaven in bliss to see thy face, where we may sing to thy solace: "In excelsis gloria!"
(An optional vocal part is included as a melodic and lyric reference for this arrangement.)
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