"Les anges dans nos campagnes
Ont entonné l'hymne des cieux,
Et l'écho de nos montagnes
Redit ce chant mélodieux"
There is something homely and charming in the opening of this medieval Langeudoc carol: "Angels in our countryside..." Now part of southern France, the Languedoc has been home to, or invaded by, Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Vandals, Visigoths, Saracens, and others I've forgotten to mention. However it came into being, Angels We Have Heard on High fixed a moment of joy in time.
Image: Jean Goodwin Ames (1903-1986) - Star Angel, c.1951, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.