Gabriel’s Message

The superb Foy Vance/Duke Special song reminded me of a favorite version of a favorite Christmas song, Sting in 1987 doing “Gabriel’s Message.” (Strangely the fleeting glimpse of Sting in the video reminds me of him as Ace Face in Quadrophenia!) Advent themed lyrics after the jump.

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 favour’d lady, Gloria!

‘For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee,
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favour’d lady, Gloria!

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 favour’d lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel the Christ, was born,
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And everyone throughout the world will ever say:
Most highly favour’d lady Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!

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