Scripture Verse

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


Words: M. V. Zim­mer­man, in Joy Bells, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Og­den (To­le­do, Ohio: W. W. Whit­ney, 1878), page 148.

Music: In­che­on Will­iam A. Og­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Zim­mer­man’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William A. Ogden (1841–1897)


Floating down the misty ages,
Hear the clear un­ceas­ing strain,
Sung at first by shin­ing an­gels,
Over Beth­le­hem’s moon­lit plain.


Glory in the high­est, glo­ry,
Lo! glad news to earth we bring,
Christ is born, a prince and Sav­ior,
Peace, good will to men we sing.

Hear ye not the lit­tle child­ren,
List His name who bless­ing gave?
Hear ye not the old con­fess­ing,
All His migh­ty pow­er to save?


Jesus, Lord, Thou King eter­nal,
Let us Thy sal­va­tion see;
Reign in us, Thou migh­ty Sav­ior,
Hold us clos­er, Lord, to Thee.