A Giotto angel…one of his wondrous, birdlike creatures. Maybe this is how people saw them in the early 14th century ?
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your gladsome strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Come to Bethlehem, come and see
Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.