Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: George R. Wood­ward (1848–1934).

Music: From Or­ches­o­gra­phie, by Je­han Ta­bou­rot, 1588; har­mo­ny by Ed­ward L. Stauff (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­poser as Thoi­not Ar­beau, Ta­bou­rot’s pseu­do­nym.

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Lyrics

Ding dong! Merrily on high, in Heav’n the bells are ringing,
Ding dong! Verily the sky is riv’n with angel singing.
Gloria, hosannah in the highest!

E’en so here below, below, let steeple bells be swungen,
And io, io, io, by priest and people sungen.
Gloria, hosannah in the highest!

Pray ye dutifully, prime your matin chime, ye ringers;
May ye beautifully rime your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, hosannah in the highest!