Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest. Luke 2:14


Words: Au­thor un­known, in Ly­ra Eu­cha­ris­ti­ca, ed­it­ed by Or­by Ship­ley, 1869 (Lon­don: Long­mans, Green, 1869), pag­es 71–72.

Music: Tryg­gare Kan In­gen Va­ra Os­kar Ahn­felt, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Oskar Ahnfelt (1813–1882)


Alleluia! Lord most ho­ly,
In Thy man­ger throne we hail Thee;
Alleluia! Meek and low­ly,
Never shall our wor­ship fail Thee.

Alleluia! Choirs of an­gels
Sing at mid­night hour Thy glo­ry,
To the watch­ful shep­herds tell­ing
From the skies Thy na­tal sto­ry.

Alleluia! Child of Ma­ry,
Low the shep­herds bend be­fore Thee;
Alleluia! East­ern mon­archs
With their cost­li­est gifts adore Thee.

Alleluia! Still un­end­ed
Rings the an­gel note above;
From our al­tars sweet­ly blend­ing
Echoes Earth’s re­sponse of love.

Alleluia! Shine the ta­pers,
Gleams the hol­ly’s bur­nished spray;
Alleluia! Chant the cre­do,
Christ, we wel­come Thee to­day.