The lyrics to this song were penned by Martin Luther in 1531 for his little son, Hans, and the music was by Valentin Schumann.
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
From heaven above to earth I come,
To bear good news to every home,
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will gladly sing.
To you this night is born a Child
Of Mary, chosen mother mild;
This little Child, of lowly birth,
Shall be the joy of all the earth.
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto us His Son hath given!
While angels sing with pious mirth,
A glad New Year to all the earth
From the point of view of the angel, I believe, and since it was written for a child, pleasantly simple. I love the reference to "pious mirth"--now that's a fun description for an angel! I wonder what that would look like?
A good reminder that sometimes the "simplest" things have deeper meanings, and the "deepest" things can be understood by a child. Any child can know that Jesus is God and came to earth as a baby, while a lifelong scholar of the Bible can never fully understand that concept.
"Oh the depth of the riches andwisdom and knowledge of God!How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!" Romans 11:33