EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. ANGEL SCADS-OF@rt,hi WE alt.HEAR FAR-AWAY-Heaven
THEIR-rt,hi VOICE SWEET SPREAD LAND THEREABOUTS FLAT.
ARRIVE MOUNTAIN, REFLECT #BACK-TO-me.
SOUND LIKE MOUNTAIN SING TO US.
Refrain: ||: GLORY, GLORY, GLORY GOD HE ADVANCED. :||
2. SHEPHERD YOU-plural@ctr CELEBRATE WHY?
YOUR-plural@ctr SONG HAPPY STRETCH-OUT FOR-FOR?
SEEM ANGEL THEY-rt,hi INFORM-you,pl@ctr YOU-plural@ctr
SOMETHING IMPORTANT, EXCITED SHOULD. Refrain
3. COME-ON VISIT BETHLEHEM, WITNESS
HIM-lf HIS-lf BIRTH ANGEL INSPIRED.
COME-ON KNEEL WORSHIP CHRIST.
HE-lf LORD AND HEAVEN ITS-Heaven's KING.
4. SEE HIM-lf LIE IN MANGER ROUGH.
FAR-AWAY ANGEL THEY-rt,hi PRAISE HIM-lf.
(<) MARY, (>) J-O-S-E-P-H TAKE-CARE-OF"over time"-lf.
OUR HEART WE LIFT-UP, PRAISE GOD.
Notes: SCADS-OF - (2h)[5:], POs down, FOs away, move forward to show many beings.
FAR-AWAY - , twists while moving away with tongue shuttling from side to side. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Far.
REFLECT - [O^], PO away, FOs up, is brought to [B], PO away, FO up, and reflects off it while opening to .
#BACK-TO-me - (2h)[B], POs > signer, FOs up, are held far from body and the hands transition to a C and then a K while moving > signer.
The signs between "||:" and ":||" are to be repeated.
GLORY, GLORY, GLORY - (2h), POs><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending, then switch dominance, and then back to the original sign. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
HE - All underlined glosses are honorific indices ("indexes").
ADVANCED - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move upwards arcing towards the signer. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.
SHEPHERD - SHEEP SUPERVISE.
STRETCH-OUT - EXAGGERATE.
BETHLEHEM - "B" CITY. For an animated gif of this sign, see Valley Bible Church - ASL dictionary: Bethlehem.
WITNESS -  touches under eye while head moves down.
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.
MANGER - (2h), FOs down interlace fingers and then separate while ascending in outward arcs.
MARY - [M] touches NDS temple, is drawn across forehead, and descends. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mary - 1.
LIFT-UP - (2h)[B], PO down are held high and swoop down while supinating and then rise up again as if helping something mature and the hands continue up and FTs are directed > Heaven.
1. Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o'er the plains.
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Refrain: Gloria, in excelsius Deo.
2. Shepherd why this jubilee,
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be,
Which inspire your heavenly song?
3. Come to Bethlehem and see,
Him whose birth the angels sing.
Come adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord the newborn king.
4. See him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise.
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
To hear a performance of this song, go to Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua recordings: Angels we have heard on high.