Scripture Verse

I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.@Luke 2:10–11

Words: Will­iam Ben­nett, 1885.

Music: Asa Hull (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Asa Hull
(1828–1907)

Lyrics

While shepherds on the eastern plain
Were keeping faithful watch by night,
Loud bursts the soul-inspiring strain,
As Bethl’hem’s star beamed on their sight.

Refrain

Glory to God! Glory to God!
Glory to God for redemption’s plan;
Glory to God! Glory to God!
Glory to God and goodwill to man!

With wingèd speed, the angel choir,
Descending on their shining way,
Struck with new theme the tuneful lyre,
And night was turned to brightening day.

Refrain

Glad tidings of great joy we bring,
Good news to you and all mankind;
In Bethlehem, lo! Christ your King,
Laid in a manger you shall find.

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Whilst listening to the rapturous song,
New voices mingled in the strain,
And suddenly the mighty throng,
Caught up the thrilling, glad refrain.

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