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

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John Brownlie
(1857–1925)

Words: Au­thor un­known (Δοξα εν υψιστοις Θεϖ). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John Brown­lie in Hymns from the Morn­ing­land (Pais­ley, Scot­land: Al­ex­an­der Gard­ner, 1911).

Music: Bi­ja­ko­vi­ći Darm­stadt Ge­sang­buch, 1698 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Hark! upon the morning breezes,
In the darkness, ere the waking,
Music sweet the senses pleases,
Soft upon the stillness breaking;
Glory, Glory! this the singing,
Welcome to Immanuel bringing.

Shepherds at their watch beholding
Angels clad in glistening whiteness,
Heard the wondrous news unfolding
’Mid that dazzling scene of brightness:
Glory, Glory! peace, and kindness,
Light is breaking on our blindness.

Glorious morn! The sun, uprising,
Shone upon a world rejoicing;
God is with us—truth surprising!
List to song the message voicing:
Glory, Glory! ages told it,
Heavenly voices now unfold it.

God adored, our nature wearing!
Ah, such condescending meekness!
Stooping to a world despairing,
Full of pity for our weakness:
Glory, Glory! praises swelling,
God hath made with man His dwelling.