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


Words: L. V. Wheel­er, in Col­lec­tion of Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by Ben­ja­min Will­iams et al. (Sal­is­bu­ry, Eng­land: 1788).

Music: Christ­mas Eve (Zun­del) John Zun­del, in the Ply­mouth Col­lec­tion, by Hen­ry W. Beech­er (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1855), page 70 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Wheel­er’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Zun­del (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Hark! what celestial sounds
What music fills the air!
Soft warbling to the morn,
It strikes the ravished ear:
Now all is still; now wild it floats,
In tuneful notes, loud, sweet and shrill.

Th’angelic hosts descend,
With harmony divine:
See how from Heaven they bend,
And in full chorus join:
Fear not, they say, Great joy we bring:
Jesus, your king, is born today.

He comes, your souls to save
From death’s eternal gloom;
To realms of bliss and light
He lifts you from the tomb:
Your voices raise, with sons of light;
Your songs unite of endless praise.

Glory to God on high!
Ye mortals spread the sound,
And let your raptures fly
To earth’s remotest bound;
For peace on earth, from God in Heaven,
To man is given, at Jesus’ birth.