Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:14
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Gloria in Excelsis Deo
A Record of Fifty Years’ Work
Daziel Brothers, 1901

Anon­y­mous, in Christ­mas Min­strel­sy, by Jo­seph Will­iams (Lon­don & Man­ches­ter, Eng­land: No­vel­lo & Brem­ner, 1864), num­ber 14, alt.

Glo­ria in Ex­cel­sis Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry J. Gauntlett
(1805–1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Cold was the night in winter wild,
When in her arms the maiden mild,
Enfolds her first, the Heaven born Child;
And whilst the mother over Him hung,
This carol from the angels’ tongue,
In strange mysterious tones is sung:

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Gloria in excelsis Deo;
Et in terra pax hominibus;
Bonæ bonæ voluntatis.

The stars sit still in deep amaze,
In solemn silence steadfast gaze,
While listening to th’angelic lays;
Then wafted high, in joyous time,
The songs in loud harmonious chime,
To Heaven’s bright empyrean climb.

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And doth this stall, in shaded gloom,
Contain the fruit of Mary’s womb,
For whom the world could not make room?
O grace, all praise of men above,
O Son, beyond all depth of love,
How do these our all passions move!

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On thro’ the brightest day of days,
We, with its choir, our voices raise,
Sing jubilee in thankful praise;
To God on high be glory meet,
To earthborn Son—to Paraclete—
In this goodwill, in music sweet.

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