Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was written in 1840. The composition of this carol has many people involved including the great classical composer Felix Mendelssohn and the founding ministers of Methodism. The lyrics transformed over many years until 1840, when Charles Wesley and George Whitfield created some of the lyrics known today. An English musician named William H. Cummings took a melody from a Mendelssohn cantata to fit the lyrics.
You can learn to play Hark! The Herald Angels Sing with guitar chords, lyrics and a strumming trainer directly in the Uberchord app. This app listens to your guitar chords and gives you visual feedback in real-time in case you make a mistake.
Key of the Song:
The original key of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is in G major.
Guitar Chords for Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
This carol will have many familiar chords and chord changes if you’ve been playing awhile, or seen some of our other Christmas carol lessons.
The change between G and C will involve moving your 3rd finger of your fret hand quickly between strings B and A. You can then keep your third finger in place to play the 3rd frets of the G chord and D chord.
The more aware you become of your fingerings and adjustments needed, the more quickly you’ll master chord changes.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Lyrics with Chords
[Verse 1] G D G C G D G Hark the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King Em A7 D A7 D Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled" G D7 G D G D7 G D Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies C G Am E7 Am D7 G D G With angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem" C G Am E7 Am D7 G D7 G Hark the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King" [Verse 2] G D G C G D G Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; Em A7 D A7 D Late in time behold him come, offspring of the virgin's womb G D7 G D G D7 G D Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; hail the incarnate De-i-ty C G Am E7 Am D7 G D G Pleased, as man, with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel C G Am E7 Am D7 G D7 G Hark the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King" [Verse 3] G D G C G D G Hail! the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Em A7 D A7 D Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings G D7 G D G D7 G D Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die C G Am E7 Am D7 G D G Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth C G Am E7 Am D7 G D7 G Hark the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King"