Scripture Verse

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


Words: Sa­mu­el Call­en, 1880 (some sourc­es spell his name Call­an). Ap­peared in The Gem of Gems, ed­it­ed by Asa Hull (New York: Da­ni­el W. Knowles, 1881), num­ber 174.

Music: Ya­ma­gu­chi Asa Hull (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Asa Hull (1828–1907)


Hail, bless­èd morn!
When Christ was born
A babe in Beth­le­hem!
When at His birth
Peace came to earth,
Good will to sons of men!


All hail the morn,
When Christ was born!
Let earth adore her king!
Join in the song
Of an­gel throng,
And hal­le­lu­jahs sing!

Lo! from afar
Still shines the star,
By faith we see the gem!
That went be­fore
Wise men of yore,
And shone o’er Beth­le­hem!


No room, they said,
So He was laid
In man­ger rude and bare;
Low lies His head
In humble bed;
The shep­herds found Him there.


Wise men of old
Brought gifts of gold,
Of frank­in­cense and myrrh;
But far above
All gifts of love,
The heart doth God pre­fer.