There was…a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:13–14

Francis Stanfield, St. Patrick’s Hymn Book 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

At hour of silent midnight,
O mystery of love,
Earth’s longed and sighed for Savior
Descended from above;
Awake, awake, creation!
Arise, for Light has come;
Lo! earth is changed to Heaven,
For earth is Jesus’ home:
Lo! earth is changed to Heaven,
For earth is Jesus’ home.

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Glory to God on high!
Praise to our king, our newborn king!
Peace unto men on earth,
Sweet infant Jesus, bring.

Amid the starlit heavens
There shines a glorious light,
And hosts of gleaming angels
Illume the lonely night;
They leave their thrones of glory
To seek their newborn king,
And, ranged in countless armies,
Glad hymns of triumph sing:
And, ranged in countless armies,
Glad hymns of triumph sing.

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The praises of the angels
Were wafted from above,
And shepherds left their night watch
To seek the God of love;
They longed to gaze on Jesus,
To see the newborn Child—
They found the God of Heaven,
An infant meek and mild;
They found the God of Heaven,
An infant meek and mild.

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And there the mother kneeling,
Bends fondly o’ her Son,
Watching with blessèd Joseph,
Her cherished Little One.
See Jesus in the manger,
How still and meek He lies;
Now smiles play on His features,
Now tears are in His eyes.
Now smiles play on His features,
Now tears are in His eyes.

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