Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst
1590–1656

Words: Anon­y­mous, in Jun­ior Ca­rols (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­linois: Unit­ed So­ci­e­ty of Chris­tian En­dea­vor, 1906), num­ber 27.

Music: Mar­ga­ret B. Mor­ton, 1882 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Mor­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

The air is filled with the echoes,
Glad voices are singing again,
Saying Glory to God in the highest,
And peace and good will to men!

Listen, dear children, listen,
Hear bells and exulting chimes say
The sweetest song that ever was sung:
Jesus is born today!

The world was dark and lonely,
Till the sound of His voice was heard;
And the hearts of the sad and the lowly
Leapt up at His lightest word.
Over the fields in their beauty
The lilies and birds of the air,
The tender love of the Father’s smile
He showed us everywhere.

An angel may praise Him in Heaven,
A child may sing upon earth,
With a joy that shall ring thro’ the ages,
The story of Christ and His birth.
Listen, dear children, listen,
Hear bells and the joyous chimes say
The sweetest song that ever was sung:
Jesus is born today!