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         The Angel Gabriel
T HE Angel Gabriel from God Was sent to Galilee, Unto a Virgin fair and free,
Whose name was called Mary: And when the Angel thither came,
He fell down on his knee, And looking up in the Virgin's face, He said, ' All hail, Mary !!
Then, sing we all, both great and small,
Noel, Noel, Noel; We may rejoice to hear the voice Of the Angel Gabriel.
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Mary anon looked him upon,
And said, ' Sir, what are ye i I marvel much at these tidings
Which thou hast brought to me. Married I am unto an old man,
As the lot fell unto me ; Therefore, I pray, depart away,
For I stand in doubt of thee.? Then, sing, &c.
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' Mary,' he said, ' be not afraid,
But do believe in me : The power of the Holy Ghost
Shall overshadow thee ; 446
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