Scripture Verse

A multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke2:13–14


George F. Handel (1685–1759)

Words: Will­iam Hurn, Psalms and Hymns (Ips­wich, Eng­land: J. Raw, 1813), num­ber 137.

Music: Christ­mas, from the op­era Ci­roë (Cy­rus), by George F. Han­del, 1728. Ar­ranged in Har­mon­ia Sac­ra, 1812 (🔊 pdf nwc) (re­peats last line of each verse).

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


Angels re­joiced and sweet­ly sung
At our Re­deem­er’s birth;
Mortals awake! let ev­ery tongue
Proclaim His match­less worth.

Glory to God, who dwells on high,
And sent His on­ly Son
To take a ser­vant’s form, and die
For evi­ls we had done.

Peace to the earth, the wo­man’s seed
Is come to free the slave;
To bruise the in­fer­nal ser­pent’s head,
And to de­stroy the grave.

Good will to men; ye fall­en race,
Arise, and shout for joy;
He comes with rich, abound­ing grace
To save, and not de­stroy.

Lord, send the gra­cious tid­ings forth,
And fill the world with light,
That Jews and Gen­tiles through the earth
May know Thy sav­ing might.

Ye poor, who trem­ble at the word,
Distressed, and help­less, too,
O come and welc­ome to the Lord,
For He was born for you.