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 2:14

Introduction

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Joseph Proud
(1745–1826)

Words: Jo­seph Proud (1745–1826).

Music: Rak­si­rang, anon­y­mous, in Ho­san­na (New York: New Church Press, 1920) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Hark! the skies with music sound,
Heav’nly glory beams around;
Christ is born! the angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

Peace is come, goodwill appears;
Sinners wipe away your tears;
Christ for you in flesh today
Humbly in the manger lay.

Shepherds, tending flocks by night,
Heard the song, and saw the light;
Took their reeds, and softest strains
Echoed through the happy plains.

Mortals, hail the glorious King!
Richest incense cheerful bring;
Praise and love Immanuel’s name,
And His boundless grace proclaim.

Glory, praise, and blessing be,
Lord, our Savior, unto Thee;
Thee let Heav’n and earth adore,
God o’er all forevermore.