Scripture Verse

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


Herbert S. Oakeley (1830–1903)

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in A Se­lect­ion of Ca­rols, Piec­es and An­thems (Lon­don: W. Kent, cir­ca 1860), page 16.

Music: Ab­ends Her­bert S. Oake­ley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Behold, a lu­cid light ap­pears
Which bright­ens all the east­ern sky;
Hark, hark, what sounds sa­lute our ears,
All glo­ry give to God on high.

Good-will to men and peace on earth,
The hea­ven­ly choirs unit­ed cry
At the di­vine Re­deem­er’s birth,
And glo­ry be to God on high.

Let mor­tals catch the sac­red flame,
Till round the world the song shall fly,
Which sounds the great Re­deem­er’s name,
And glo­ry gives to God on high.