Scripture Verse

A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. Luke 2:13–14


Words: Tho­mas S. Wed­dle, in Good Will, ed­it­ed by T. Mar­tin Towne & Jai­rus M. Still­man (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1878), page 28.

Music: M. A. Ru­blee (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ru­blee’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Wed­dle,


Angels from their home in glo­ry
Gladly flew, glad­ly flew;
Flew to tell the joy­ful sto­ry,
Christ is born to­day for you:
Holy an­gels, ho­ly an­gels,
We would come and wor­ship, too!

With the won­drous star for guid­ing,
Bright and fair, bright and fair,
Wise men found on earth abid­ing,
Christ, of all things king and heir;
Happy wise men, hap­py wise men,
In your wor­ship we would share.

May we find whom an­cient sag­es
Once adored, once adored?
All the Sav­ior’s love en­gages,
Surest guid­ance to af­ford;
Blessèd day star, bless­èd day star,
Lead us on­ward to the Lord.

Patient Si­me­on, old and hoa­ry,
Waiting long, wait­ing long,
Found at last the Lord of glo­ry,
Then be­fore the won­der­ing throng
Gladly blessed Him, glad­ly blessed Him;
Blessed the Lord in thank­ful song.

Lo, to us be­fore our seek­ing,
Christ ap­pears, Christ ap­pears;
Words of love and mer­cy speak­ing,
Gives us hope, for­bids our fears;
And with bless­ings, and with bless­ings,
Fills our hap­py, youth­ful years.

May we, while our hearts are ten­der,
All agree, all agree,
Love and praise, O Lord, to ren­der,
Thro’ our earth­ly lives to Thee?
Then to glo­ry, then to glo­ry,
Bring us, Thy blest face to see.