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The Angel Gabriel
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The Angel Gabriel   or   Gabriel's Message

Basque carol
paraphrased by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

  1. The angel Gabriel from heaven came
    His wings as drifted snow his eyes as flame
    "All hail" said he "thou lowly maiden Mary,
    Most highly favored lady," Gloria!

  2. "For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
    All generations laud and honor thee,
    Thy Son shall be Emanuel, by seers foretold
    Most highly favored lady," Gloria!

  3. Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head
    "To me be as it pleaseth God," she said,
    "My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name."
    Most highly favored lady. Gloria!

  4. Of her, Emanuel, the Christ was born
    In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn
    And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
    "Most highly favored lady," Gloria!