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12/09/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

“Oh! lovely voices of the sky
Which hymned the Saviour's birth,
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, 'Peace on earth'?”

- Felicia Hemans

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This, I think, is the first time we've used this beloved Christmas carol since 2005.

   The Bonus Videos are linked differently in this issue. Don't let it throw you; just click on the desired title.

BONUS #1 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Kings Cambridge College Choir

BONUS #2 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Frank Sinatra 

BONUS #3 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - St. Paul's Cathedral, London

BONUS #4 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - The Blenders: Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, Darren Rust, and Allan Rust, 2011

BONUS #5 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Susan Boyle, 2013

BONUS #6 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Jewel, 2008

BONUS #7 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2013


"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. A somber man, Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings".[1]

The popular version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably by Wesley's co-worker George Whitefield who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and by Felix Mendelssohn. A hundred years after the publication of Hymns and Sacred Poems, in 1840, Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, that propels the carol known today.[2][3

In 1855, English musician William H. Cummings adapted Felix Mendelssohn's secular music from Festgesang to fit the lyrics of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" written by Charles Wesley.[4] Wesley envisioned the song being sung to the same tune as his song "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today",[5] and in some hymnals, is included along with the more popular version.

This hymn was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in "The Church Hymn Book" (New York and Chicago, USA, 1872). [6]

In the UK, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" has popularly been performed in an arrangement that maintains the basic original William H. Cummings harmonisation of the Mendelssohn tune for the first two verses but adds a soprano descant and a last verse harmonisation for the organ in verse 3 by Sir David Willcocks. This arrangement was first published in 1961 by Oxford University Press in the first book of the Carols for Choirs series. For many years it has served as the recessional hymn of the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.[7]

An uncommon arrangement of the hymn to the tune "See, the Conqu'ring hero comes" from Judas Maccabaeus (Handel) normally associated with the hymn Thine Be the Glory is traditionally[8] used as the recessional hymn of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. This is broadcast live each year on Christmas Eve on RTÉ Radio 1. The usual (first) three verses are divided into six verses each with chorus. The arrangement features a brass fanfare with drums in addition to the cathedral organ and takes about seven and a half minutes to sing. The Victorian organist W. H. Jude, in his day a popular composer, also composed a new setting of the work, published in his Music and the Higher Life.[9]


     Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND    My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX (soon to be UT);

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 09, 1940 - Operation Compass British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attacked Italian forces near Sidi Barrani in Egypt, opening their first major offensive in North Africa.

December 09, 1941 - The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declared war on Germany and Japan.

December 09, 1941 - The 19th Bombardment Group attacked Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.

December 09, 1946 - The "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" began with the "Doctors' Trial", prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.

December 09, 1961 - The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ended with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.


Monday, December 09, 1963 - Boxer Dave Hilton, Jr. was born in Canada.

Monday, December 09, 1963 - Masako, Crown Princess of Japan (皇太子徳仁親王妃雅子) was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Monday, December 09, 1963 - Author Daniel O. Fagunwa (b. Daniel Olorunfẹmi Fagunwa in 1903 in Oke-Igbo, Nigeria) died at the age of 60.

Monday, December 09, 1963 - Historian Perry Miller (b. 25 Feb 1905 in Chicago, Illinois), died at the age of 58.

From Ed Gwaltney (June '46) of VA - 12/08/13 - "    Ava Gardner (NNHS / Rock Ridge HS [NC] - '39)":

I  would kike to add to the Ava Gardner story.  She also lived with her grandmother (Mrs. Fairefield, I believe) on Chestnut Avenue in Newport News. She and my sister were friends, and I remember when she was at my house when I was very young, but remember it as at a later date after she became famous. My sister reminded me of this.

Thanks.  I hope this gets through, as I am not good at this.

Ed Gwaltney Class of '46

   Thank you so much, Ed!


... Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was born in the farming community of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, the youngest of seven children (she had two brothers, Raymond and Melvin, and four sisters, Beatrice, Elsie Mae, Inez, and Myra). Her parents, Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner, were poor cotton and tobacco farmers. Her ancestry was said to include Scots-Irish, English, Irish, French Huguenot, and American Indian (Tuscarora).[2][3][4] She was raised a Baptist. While the children still were young, the Gardners lost their property, forcing Jonas Gardner to work at a sawmill and Mollie to begin working as a cook and housekeeper at a dormitory for teachers at the nearby Brogden School.
When Gardner was 13 years old, the family decided to try their luck in a larger city, Newport News, Virginia, where Mollie Gardner found work managing a boarding house for the city's many shipworkers. While in Newport News, Gardner's father became ill and died from bronchitis in 1938, when Ava was 15 years old. After Jonas Gardner's death, the family moved to Rock Ridge near Wilson, North Carolina, where Mollie Gardner ran another boarding house for teachers. Gardner attended high school in Rock Ridge and she graduated from there in 1939.

... Soon after her arrival in Los Angeles, Gardner met fellow MGM contract player, Mickey Rooney. They married on January 10, 1942, in Ballard, California; she was 19 years old and he was 21; they divorced in 1943...

... Gardner was buried in the Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina, next to her brothers and their parents, Jonas (1878–1938) and Mollie Gardner (1883–1943). The town of Smithfield now has an Ava Gardner Museum...
   One of these first days I'm finally going to visit that museum...

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/08/13 - "#1 Christmas Song This Year":


This may become the #1 Christmas song this year.

These guys have really got it together....good song...

   Outstanding! Thanks, George!

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/08/13 - "Men always do what we're told.":

Yesterday I asked my wife what I could do in the kitchen to help her.

She replied, "Take this bag of potatoes, peel half of them, put them in the big pot and cover them with water to cook".

I did just what she said, but for some reason she got angry with me.

     Thank you, John!


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/08/13 - "The good old days":

Some of the good old days I'm sure we all remember..... enjoy!

   Indeed! Thanks, Wayne!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/08/13 - "Candy Cane Wreath":

  Candy Cane Wreath

This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift

20 candy canes arranged as shown.
Tie them two by two facing each other.
You can hot glue a decoration to the center to keep the ends together.
Glue small round ornaments to each set you tied.
Hang with ribbon.

   Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Tina!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#9 in a series of 14)":

  Thanks, Shari!


16 Free Crochet Angel Patterns - "Angels are some of the most beautiful symbols known to man. People rely on angels to take care of their family members and they speak to angels on good thoughts, they are messengers from God, spiritual beings. Angels can be all around us whether you can see them or not. With that said, you can see them anytime you want if you crochet some lovely patterns. You can use free crochet angel patterns like these to keep them with you at all times. Keep them out to decorate your home year-round or make them to give as gifts. Angels make lovely decorations around the holidays, too"

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not especially theme-related):

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/08/12 - "Peanut Butter Fudge":





From - 12/08/13:
If I could rearrange the alphabet I would put U and I together!


1. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  

2.Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/19/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

(“Hark the herald angels sing” was written by Charles Wesley (18 Dec 1707 – 29 Mar 1788), brother of John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 02 Mar 1791),
founder of the Methodist church, in 1739. A somber man, he requested slow and solemn music for his lyrics and thus “Hark the herald angels sing”
was sung to a different tune initially. Over a hundred years later
Felix Mendelssohn (03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov1847) composed a cantata in 1840
to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. English musician
William H. Cummings (22 Aug 1831 – 10 June 1915) adapted
Mendelssohn’s music to fit the lyrics of “Hark the herald angels sing” already written by Wesley.)

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" midi courtesy of - 11/23/05

"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of
- 02/17/09

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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