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Julie Andrews Performs "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Tue, Dec. 17, 2013 Posted: 03:55 PM

Methodist preacher Charles Wesley was a prolific poet and wrote more than 6,000 hymns including the famous Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

The BBC reported, "Charles' hymns have been featured on television shows such as South Park and The Simpsons, and recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Mariah Carey. To this day people training as Methodist local preachers have to study John's sermons and be knowledgeable about Charles' hymns."

According to SongFacts, the words to this Christmas song were revised by evangelist George Whitefield who was famous for his involvement in the Great Awakening. Composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote the music for the best known version of this hymn. These lyrics and music weren't combined until after all three of these men had died.

In 1855 William Cummings created the popular arrangement of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

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