Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


Arthur T. Pierson (1837–1911)

Words: Ar­thur T. Pier­son, in Hymns of the Chris­tian Life No. 2 (South Ny­ack, New York: Chris­tian Al­li­ance Pub­lish­ing, 1897), num­ber 275.

Music: Big Ben Lou­ise Shep­ard, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Shep­ard (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Hear the ad­vent song
Of the an­gel throng
As they ho­vered ov­er earth;
As the night shone bright with ce­les­ti­al light,
As they told of Je­sus’ birth.


Glory be to God, in the high­est, praise!
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Roll the an­gel song all the earth along,
Till the Lord shall come again!

Glory be to God!
All His works we laud!
But of all His gifts, the best
Is the Son he gave, sin­ful men to save;
Be His name for­ev­er blest.


We will seek His face,
We will know His grace,
We will wor­ship at His shrine;
All our trea­sure lay at His feet to­day,
As we hail Him king di­vine!


At His cra­dle bend,
For in Him des­cend
All the bless­ings God can give;
At His shame­ful cross, count your gain as loss,
By His death we sin­ners live.


Peace on earth shall reign
When He comes again,
Lord of lords, and King of kings;
Even now God’s rest fills the trou­bled breast,
When the Lord His pre­sence brings.


Let the sons of light,
Through the world’s dark night,
As the watch­ers wait the dawn,
Look with eag­er eyes for the new sun­rise
Which shall bring the end­less morn!


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