Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Ca­rols for Use in Church, by Ri­chard R. Chope (Lon­don: Will­iam Clowes & Sons, 1894), num­ber 76.

Music: Har­vat John S. B. Hodg­es (1830–1915) (🔊 pdf nwc).


Hark! what sounds are sweet­ly steal­ing
Soft through Beth­lehem’s mid­night air?
Louder yet, and loud­er peal­ing,
Angel ac­cents sure are there.


Glory, glo­ry, peace and mer­cy,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

See! a light from Hea­ven is stream­ing,
Night and dark­ness quit the plain;
See! an an­gel bright­ly beam­ing,
Followed by a ra­di­ant train.


Fear not, shep­herds! glad my sto­ry,
Tidings of the great­est joy:
Christ is born, the Lord of Glo­ry!
I pro­claim a Sav­ior nigh.


Thus the an­gel, then as­cend­ing,
Seeks again the realms of light;
Now the chor­us faint­ly end­ing,
All is si­lence, all is night.