Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

Words: Flo­ra Kirk­land, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 1, by Is­aac H. Me­re­dith, Grant C. Tul­lar & Jo­seph W. Ler­man (New York: Tul­lar-Mer­e­dith, 1903), num­ber 266.

Music: How­ard E. Smith, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 1, 1903, num­ber 122 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Howard E. Smith
(1863–1918)

Lyrics

Sung by angels o’er a hillside,
Sending shepherds to a stall,
Rang the carol of redemption,
Peace on earth—good will to all.

Refrain

Peace on earth, O mighty chorus!
Floating down the stream of time,
Peace on earth, it echoes o’er us,
Ringing still in tones sublime!
Peace on earth, O mighty chorus!
Floating down the stream of time,
Peace on earth, it echoes o’er us,
Ringing still in tones sublime!

Hark! We almost hear them singing!
Look! The glory shineth bright!
See the lambs in peaceful slumber
On that blessèd, wondrous night.

Refrain

Mighty carol of redemption!
Mighty King in lowly guise!
Quicken now our comprehension,
Help us see with faith’s clear eyes.

Refrain