Scripture Verse

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


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

If you know Wright’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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.


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.


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.