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

Alfred A. Graley, in Echo to Happy Voices (New York: American Tract Society, 1869), number 106.

St. Euphrasia Alfred A. Graley, 1869 (🔊 pdf nwc).

How sweet was the song of the angels of light,
As, bending o’er Bethlehem’s plain,
They struck their bright harps, and the silence of night
Awoke at the heavenly strain;
While mildly around shone the glory divine,
And bathed in effulgence so bright,
The mountain, the valley, the sea, and the plain,
Once robed in the mantle of night.

They sang of the break of redemption’s glad morn,
The holy had longed to behold;
They sang of a Savior in Bethlehem born,
So long by the prophets foretold;
They sang of good-will from our God unto men,
Of peace to a valley of tears;
They sang of salvation from death and from sin,
A balm for our sorrows and fears.

Then Glory to God in the highest! I’ll sing,
For I am a sinner on earth;
I’ll welcome the tidings of mercy that bring
The news of Emmanuel’s birth;
I’ll go to His cross, though a sinner defiled,
And wash in the fountain of blood;
I’ll pray for the grace that can strengthen a child,
And bring him at last to his God.