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Hark the Herald Angels Sing is a Christmas song, whose original English lyrics were written by Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley. It appeared in 1739 in "Hymns And Sacred Poems". The original opening line was "Hark! how all the welkin rings "; the version today is the result of changes by different people. Many anthems from the eighteenth century consisted for the most part from written text without music. The song was more important than the melodies in a song or verse. The melody which nowadays is used for this song is based on a part from Felix Mendelssohn'sCantata Festgesang from 1840.