Scripture Verse

A multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13–14

Introduction

Words: Ma­ry N. Meigs, in the Hymn, Tune, and Ser­vice Book for Sun­day Schools (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Am­er­i­can Un­i­tar­i­an As­so­ci­a­tion, 1869), num­ber 200.

Music: Schill­ing Fred­er­ick Schill­ing, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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illustration
Shepherds and Angels

Lyrics

Hark! a burst of heavenly music,
From a band of seraphs bright,
Suddenly to earth descending,
In the calm and silent night:
To the shepherds of Judea,
Watching in the earliest dawn,
Lo, they bear the joyful tidings,
Jesus, Prince of Peace, is born!
Sweet and clear those angel voices,
Echoing through the starry sky,
As they chant the heavenly chorus,
Glory be to God on high!

And this joyful Christmas morning
Breaking o’er the world below,
Tells again the wondrous story
Shepherds heard so long ago.
Who shall still our tuneful voices,
Who the tide of praise shall stem,
Which the blessèd angels taught us
In the fields of Bethlehem?
Hark, we hear again the chorus,
Ringing through the starry sky;
And we join the heavenly anthem,
Glory be to God on high!