Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! Luke 2:14
Words: Arthur A. Graley, in Happy Voices (New York: American Tract Society, 1865).
Music: Regent Square Henry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (London: 1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Graley (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Christ is born, and Heav’n rejoices,
Judah’s plain is bathed in light;
Thousand, thousand harps and voices
Break the silence of the night.
Glory in the highest, glory,
Peace on earth, good will to men.
Christ is born, the Lord’s Anointed,
Leaves the heav’nly world a while,
Enters on the work appointed,
God and man to reconcile.
To the lost He brings salvation,
Freedom to the captive slave;
Peace amid death’s desolation,
Victory o’er the boasting grave.
Christ is born, O wondrous story!
Lord of life, yet born to die;
Sorrow’s child, yet King of Glory:
Born to rule and reign on high.
Royal babe, though few enthrone Him,
Few their grateful offerings bring;
All the tribes of earth shall own Him
Prince of Peace, creation’s king.