He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.@Luke 1:32–33
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John M. Neale (1818–1866)

From the Swed­ish Pi­ae Can­ti­on­es, 1582 (An­gel­us emit­tur). The orig­in­al source may have been 13th Cen­tu­ry or ear­li­er. Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Ca­rols for Christ­mas-Tide, 1853.

Har­mo­ny by Tho­mas Hel­more (🔊 pdf nwc).

Gabriel’s message does away
Satan’s curse and Satan’s sway;
This was wrought by Christmas day:
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

He that comes despised shall reign;
He that cannot die, be slain;
Death by death its death shall gain:
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

Like its like shall overthrow:
By a tree prevailed the foe;
From a Tree shall healing grow:
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

Man was lost a garden in;
In a garden man shall win;
Woman’s faith end woman’s sin:
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

Weakness shall the strong confound;
By the hands, in babe-clothes wound,
Adam’s sin shall be unbound;
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

By the sword that was his own
By that sword, and that alone;
Shall Goliath be o’erthrown;
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!

Art by art shall be assailed;
To the cross shall Life be nailed;
From the grave shall hope be hailed;
Therefore sing—Glory to the infant King!