Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stolen Angelic Voices

They called it a derivative in 1862. Today, it might be called plagiarism. None the less, the copyright laws declare this carol a derivative work that is wholly owned by James Chadwick, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

This carol is almost the exact same as it was in the 1800s. The words were written to the music of a French song titled Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. The music is not only the same, the lyrics are a rather loose interpretation of the French to English. That is why this is considered a derivative work – there are too many similarities to let it stand on its own.

Chadwick made some changes to the work and gave it a new title, but that still does not make it totally a new, original work. A Scottish Gaelic has been made of a translation of the English translation of the French. Whee!

The carol is based around the Gospel of Luke’s telling of the Christmas story. It specifically speaks of the meeting between shepherds and angels.

It did not take long for this carol to become a favorite among the West Country faithful.

Today, the song is most commonly sung to the hymn tune Gloria arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes.

Here is our  English version of

Angels We Have Heard on High     

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be?
Which inspire your heavenly songs?


Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.


See Him in a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior's birth.


Let me tell you why I chose REO Speedwagon Smile 

Growing up, I lived in a town where Dan Folgelberg’s dad was our band director. Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber didn’t live too far from where I grew up, and she had a chance to watch Dan perform quite often. I digress.

My little town also had a recording studio called Golden Voice Recording Studio where our neighborhood kids took their bands to cut records, and EVERYONE had a garage band back then.

REO Speedwagon, Styx and John Prine were all standards at our 4-H fairs and such because they were local and we were cheap.

This rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High is the first thing I have heard from REO Speedwagon that has not been driven into the ground in my memory, so it’s good to share something from a group that figured prominently in my formative years. We just lost Gary Richwrath, REO founder, two years ago. It’s been a long time since the days of 4-H fairs. I think they did a great job with this carol, and I hope you enjoy it.

Now, let’s shop! We only have a couple more weeks and the Countdown to Christmas 2017 comes to an end.  Time flies.

Bird Nest Fiber Art Doily



Coral and Orange Art Glass Plate with Stringer Accents

Resetar Glass Art 

Pumpkin Patch Hanging Dish Towel With Hand Knit Topper and Ties


Ammonite Fossil Pendant Necklace


Autumn Mums Dog Bandana


Justice Word Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Whimsy Rainbow Barn Original Watercolor


Dark Topaz Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Magdalene Jewels

Double Horn Necklace,

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Southwestern Stained Glass Business Card Holder


Distressed Organic Brown Handmade Polymer Clay Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Antique Copper Heart Lady's Wrist Watch

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Silver mist Jasper Pendant with Artistic Jasper

Kats All That 

Fairy Tales Wedding Favor Tags

Adore by Nat 

Cappuccino Jasper Oval Gemstone Pendant

The Singing Beader 

Etched Light Brown Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Boho Gold Topaz Earrings


Zen Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Custom tree painting original impressionistic watercolor batik

Marcia McKinzie Art

Picture Jasper Gold Black Onyx Beaded Bracelet Memory Wire Wrap Earth-Tones

Diane’s Dangles 

Vintage Walnut Colored Wooden Dominoes

Butterfly in the Attic 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
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Here are more shopping opportunities for you:
O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
O Come O Come Emanuel

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.


  1. Thank you so much, Julie! Shared all items

  2. Lovely collection of fabulous things! Sharing these!

  3. Always a pleasure reading your posts Julie! Thank you for the extra promotion. Shared.

  4. Such an interesting story behind this carole. And your history behind REO is amazing. Keep those great memories of 4H and your youthful adventures. Great post this week and thank you for including my silvermist jasper necklace. Will be promoting.

  5. Fun reading about your band days and your connection to REO Speedwagon. Thank you for promoting these beautiful brown,tan and gold items. Pinned and tweeted each.

  6. As always, an interesting read, Julie, both about the song and the garage band days. REO Speedwagon and Styx certainly are blast from the past. And I still listen to John Prine (: Such lovely items you found, all in earthy browns. Thanks for including my Zen necklace. Will pin and tweet items and share the blog link far and wide. Thanksgiving treats (only on Mom's orders) to the Handsome Blu Dog from the Goofus Moose Dog.

  7. Thanks for including my Whimsy Barn Original Watercolor painting in this lovely collection of gifts.

    Tweeted and pinned listings.

  8. Thanks for the story about the song and the bands. I used to sing it in choir.

    And I appreciate you including my boho topaz earrings. Pinterested is NOT working for me, so I used G+.

  9. Thank you Julie & Blu!
    Pinned and tweeted all - Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Thanks so much for the lesson and for promoting our work, Julie. I appreciate it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  11. Many thanks for this great blog, Julie and beautiful Blu. I totally love Angels We Have Heard On High - one of my top favs! Will be sharing at the usual locales (Twitter, Pinterest, G+).


  12. Thank you for including my bracelet and promoting all of our work here on you blog. Will share.