A JOLLY CHRISTMAS FROM FRANK SINATRA — Track #8: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
“Joyful all ye Nations rise,
Join the Triumph of the Skies…”
Frank’s birthday was December 12th. There are 12 tracks on A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra — his first Christmas album, released by Capitol Records in 1957. We’ll bring them your way in order, between now and December 24.
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” first appeared in the 1739 collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley, who preferred slow and solemn music for his lyrics.
Yet over time the tune has evolved into an ebullient song of reverent celebration that lifts the spirits of even the most stubborn cynic—from George Bailey to Charlie Brown… to Frank Sinatra: