Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: J. Wright, in The An­ni­ver­sa­ry and Sun­day School Mu­sic Book Nos. 1 and 2 (New York: Hor­ace Wa­ters, 1858) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Hark! the angels singing
Wake the happy morn,
Joyful tidings bringing,
Christ the Lord is born.
In a lowly manger,
This shall be the sign,
See the newborn stranger,
Hail the Babe divine.

Refrain

Glory, glory, in the highest sing;
Glory, glory, to our heav’nly king.

Sisters dear and brothers,
Sing a joyful lay!
This of all the others,
Is the children’s day.
Hear the blessèd story,
Once as young as we,
Christ, the Prince of Glory,
Slept on Mary’s knee.

Refrain

Where’s a chorus meeter
For His advent here?
Where a carol sweeter
To His gentle ear?
None can come so near Him,
Holy, undefiled,
None so love and fear Him,
As a Christian child.

Refrain