Analysis of Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

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RL 320-51 Clara Baker Paper #1 October 13, 2013 Greatest Time of Year It’s the greatest time of year filled with laughter, and filled with cheer. Visions filled with presents lying beneath the tree, with our stockings hanging right above the fireplace. To commemorate this day of Chris we sing carols to keep his memories alive and to remember the importance of why He was born and the significance of why he died for us. Two of these important carols are “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, and “It Came upon a Midnight Clear”, both include apocryphal material to help add to the biblical account of Jesus Christ being born. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was composed originally in the year 1739 by the Wesley brothers, Charles and John. However, “Hark! The herald angels sing; glory to the newborn King” wasn’t the original lyrics that the Wesley brothers had written the lyrics to be. “Hark how all the Welkin rings, glory to the Kings of Kings,” were the original lyrics they wrote. Ironically, the composer of this song didn’t even intend for the purpose to even be associated with God. The carol is in the present tense because it uses verbs such as sing, rise, and proclaim, which are all in the present tense. The tense is in the present because when we sing the carol at Christmas we are rejoicing as if Jesus is being born again. We are also acting as if we are part of the process of Jesus being born and then dying for our sins. The carol is in the third person which makes the carol flow very smoothly from stanza to stanza. When listening to the general tenor of the carol it’s meant to be a song of joy. The author is able to create this tone of joy through repetition, punctuation, and vocabulary. Repetition of the phrase “Hark! The herald angels sing” brings about a tune of joy because when Jesus is born it’s such a glorious day that from up and across the

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