EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. ANGEL FROM HEAVEN ITS-rt KINGDOM
GROUP-COME-DOWN VISIT EARTH.
(2h)YOU-angels SING DURING GOD MAKE WORLD
NOW ANNOUNCE MESSIAH BIRTH.
Refrain: COME-ON WORSHIP, COME-ON WORSHIP,
WORSHIP CHRIST RECENT BORN KING.
2. SHEPHERD STANDING IN GRASS THEREABOUTS
SUPERVISE YOUR SHEEP ALL-NIGHT.
GOD NOW WILLING LIVE WITH PEOPLE.
SEE STAR SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf BABY BRIGHT. Refrain
3. WISE MAN TIME STOP THINK ANALYZE.
WHAT USED-TO-BE ENVISION ARRIVE.
SEARCH-FOR WHAT EACH NATION REALLY-WANT.
(2h)YOU SEE STAR SHOW"all" HIS-lf BIRTH. Refrain
4. SAINT GROUP-BOW-DOWN ALTAR WORSHIP.
THEY-rt LOOK-FORWARD HOPE FOR BEST.
HIT, THE-lf LORD COME TO US.
SHOW-UP IN HIS-lf TEMPLE NOW. Refrain
5. TRUE HE-lf LOOK LIKE BABY NOW
BUT HE-lf WILL TAKE-UP HIS-lf HEAVENLY-FATHER THRONE.
COLLECT (2h)#ALL NATION TO HIM-lf.
EVERY ONE WILL BOW-DOWN HIM-lf. Refrain
6. (2h)#ALL LIVING THING PRAISE YOUR-ctr GLORY
GOD, HEAVENLY-FATHER, SPIRIT, SON.
FROM-NOW-ON FOREVER alt.VOICE SING
TO ETERNAL TRINITY. Refrain
GROUP-COME-DOWN - (2h)[C], POs ><, FT touch, hands descend.
(2h)YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
MESSIAH - M-KING.
COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
WORSHIP - NDH is clasped over DH [S] and hands circle perpendicular to the chest. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Worship.
SHEPHERD - SHEEP SUPERVISE AGENT.
ENVISION - (2h)[S] are held at forehead with DH closer to head, and hands open to (2h) while separating while FT wg. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Vision - 1.
REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
SAINT - [S], PO down, FO away, moves > DS across palm of [B], PO up, FO > DS.
GROUP-BOW-DOWN - (2h), POs away, FOs up, hands bow at wrists with head.
ALTAR - (2h)[A], POs down, FOs away, touch thumbs, separate, and descend.
TAKE-UP - (2h)[5:], POs away, FOs up, move down quickly and close to (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, as if grabbing hold of something, then hands ascend.
HEAVENLY-FATHER - (2h)[A], FOs up, DH is held against forehead, NDH close to but lower, both hands open to (2h) while moving upwards. HEAVEN may be added to this. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Heavenly Father - 1.
THRONE - SIT + (2h)[B:], POs down, FOs away, behave as if they were on the arms of a throne.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
GLORY - (2h), POs ><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
FROM-NOW-ON - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs away, DHFT touches knuckle side of NDHFT and moves away in a downward arc. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - from now on.
ETERNAL - ALWAYS + DH produces STILL in the usual way, and the NDH produces STILL so that it moves back over the shoulder. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Eternal.
TRINITY - NDH [B^], PO > singer, FO > DS, is held in front of and below , PO > signer, FO up, and DH is brought down, under NDH, and then up in front of it while changing to . For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Trinity.
1. Angels, from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o'er all the earth;
ye who sang creation's story,
now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Refrain: Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn King.
2. Shepherds in the field abiding,
watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing;
yonder shines the infant Light: Refrain
3. Sages, leave your contemplations;
brighter visions beam afar:
seek the great Desire of nations;
ye have seen his natal star: Refrain
4. Saints before the altar bending,
watching long in hope and fear,
suddenly the Lord, descending,
in his temple shall appear: Refrain
5. Though an infant now we view him,
he shall fill his Father's throne,
gather all nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down: Refrain
6. All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising
to the'trnal Three-in-One.
To hear a performance of this song, go to Angels from the realms of glory.