Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: F. E. Pet­tin­gell, 1890. Ap­peared in Fair as the Morn­ing, ed­it­ed by John Kurz­en­kna­be & Will­iam W. Bent­ley (Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia: J. H. Kurz­en­kna­be & Sons, 1891), num­ber 96.

Music: John H. Kurz­en­kna­be (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
John H. Kurzenknabe
(1840–1927)

Lyrics

On the wilds of Judah
Rests the calm of night;
Through its eastern heavens
Glows a wondrous light.
In its lowly manger
Doth the mother bide,
With the infant Jesus
Nestling by her side.

Refrain

Glad angelic choirs
Sing in midnight sky;
Glory in the highest
Be to God on high!

’Neath the wondrous halo
Eastern Magi trend,
Till at length exultant
Round His form they bend.
Choicest gifts they render,
Highest honors pay,
To the infant Jesus
On His natal day.

Refrain

See the nations bending
By His manger now;
See the wise, the mighty,
To His scepter bow.
Hear the angel chorus
Waken earth and sky;
Glory in the highest
Be to God on high.

Refrain