Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Joseph K. Wheeler (1834–1894)

Words: Jo­seph K. Wheel­er, in Chim­ing Voic­es, ed­it­ed by James Ro­se­crans & J. T. Toof (New York: Asa Hull, 1893), num­ber 163.

Music: Fer­ra­ra James H. Ro­se­crans, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James H. Rosecrans (1843–1926)

Lyrics

How bright and grand, how glo­ri­ous,
The an­gels’ joy­ful song,
When Christ, the Lord vic­to­ri­ous,
From Heav’n to earth came down;
They sweet­ly sang the sto­ry
Of love to all man­kind,
Of peace on earth, and glo­ry
To God most high, di­vine.

The swell­ing chor­us rais­es
The glad, tri­um­phant song;
They harp and sing His prais­es
With hal­le­lu­jahs long;
He comes! He comes with glo­ry!
The Christ from Heav’n above,
To tell the world the sto­ry
Of His re­deem­ing love.

And ’round His throne so glo­ri­ous,
Chimes in the an­gel throng;
The se­raphs shout, vic­to­ri­ous!
The King of kings is born;
Ye peo­ple, bow be­fore Him,
With songs of one ac­cord,
To praise Him, and adore Him—
The bless­èd Lamb of God.