Scripture Verse

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10


Words: Ano­ny­mous, in the Ban­ner of Vic­to­ry, by Alon­zo Ab­bey & Mer­ritt J. Mun­ger (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1881), page 75.

Music: Alon­zo J. Ab­bey (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ab­bey (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


On a Christ­mas morn­ing bright,
Angels white, clothed in light,
Sang be­neath the vault­ed sky,
Glory to God on high;
Then a light, ex­ceed­ing bright,
Shone o’er Ju­dea’s plain;
And again was heard the strain,
Peace, good will to men.

Shepherds watch­ing there by night,
Saw the light, shin­ing bright;
Caught the ech­oes pass­ing by,
Glory to God on high;
Peace on earth at Je­sus’ birth,
Was min­gled with the strain;
And to men good will again,
Glory to God on high.

And the ech­oes ris­ing clear,
Still we hear, year by year,
Infant voic­es shout­ing high,
Glory to God on high;
Peace and love from God above,
Came down at Je­sus’ birth;
Let the song be borne along,
Round the list­en­ing earth.

On the bright­est of all days,
Let us raise, song of praise,
Join the cho­rus of the sky,
Glory to God on high;
Glory, glo­ry, oh, the sto­ry,
All around pro­claim;
Christ was born on Christ­mas morn,
Glory to His name.