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, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11


Words: Will­iam Ben­nett, 1885.

Music: Asa Hull (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ben­nett (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Asa Hull (1828–1907)


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.


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.


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.


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