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

Ab­i­gail B. Hyde (1799–1872). Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Amy Hyde.

C. Har­old Low­den, Day of Won­der (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hei­del­berg Press, 1913) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Carl H. Lowden (1883–1963)

Before we part again this happy time
A hymn we raise while glad bells o’er us chime;
We sing the wondrous glories of our Lord;
Our voices blend with glad refrains in sweet accord.

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All praise to Christ our king; His love forever sing;
In fervent adoration our hearts unite;
His rule o’er earth proclaim; exalt His holy name
And hail again with happy song the holy night.

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The hours, so fleet, are filled with thoughts of love;
Good will and peace sent down from Heav’n above;
Our friends we meet with smiles and words of cheer;
A golden day of cherished memories ends the year.

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Around our hearts its spirit weaves a spell;
Farewell, we say, in all things fare thee well.
May all we love have showers of blessings rare
And in the joy of many Christmas festals share.

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