Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

Words & Mu­sic: Ro­bert Low­ry, in Big­low & Main’s Christ­mas An­nu­al No. 8 (New York: Big­low & Main, 1877) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Rolling down­ward, through the mid­night,
Comes a glo­ri­ous burst of heav’n­ly song;
’Tis a chor­us full of sweet­ness—
And the sing­ers are an an­gel throng.

Refrain

Glory! glo­ry in the high­est!
On the earth good­will and peace to men!

Down the ag­es send the echo;
Let the glad earth shout again!

Wondering shep­herds see the glo­ry,
Hear the word the shin­ing ones de­clare;
At the man­ger fall in wor­ship,
While the mu­sic fills the qui­ver­ing air.

Refrain

Christ the Sav­ior, God’s An­oint­ed,
Comes to earth our fear­ful debt to pay—
Man of sor­rows, and re­ject­ed,
Lamb of God, that takes our sin away.

Refrain