Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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Elias H. Johnson
1841–1906

Words: At­trib­ut­ed Va­ri­ous­ly to St. Ger­man­us, 734, or St. An­a­to­li­us (Μέγα καὶ παράδοξον θαυμα). The trans­la­tion be­low ap­peared, anon­y­mous­ly, in the Ev­an­gel­i­cal Lu­ther­an Hym­nal (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Ohio Syn­od­i­cal Print­ing House, 1880), num­ber 35. Com­pare to John Ma­son Neale’s 1862 trans­la­tion.

Music: Aulé, ar­ranged from an old tune by Eli­as H. John­son, The Bap­tist Hym­nal (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­er­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1883), page 47 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

A great and mighty wonder
Our Christmas festal brings:
On earth, a lowly infant,
Behold the King of kings.

The Word is made incarnate,
Descending from on high;
And cherubim to shepherds
Sing anthems from the sky.

And we with them triumphant,
Repeat the hymn again:
To God on high be glory,
And peace on earth to men!

While thus they sing your monarch,
Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains!
Ye oceans, clap your hands!

Since all He comes to ransom,
By all be He adored,
The Infant born in Bethl’hem,
The Savior and the Lord!

And idol forms shall perish,
And error shall decay,
And Christ shall wield His scepter,
Our Lord and God for aye.