Scripture Verse

A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. Luke 2:13–14


Words: The­o­dore C. Will­iams, 1914.

Music: Lone­ly Mid­night Alon­zo P. How­ard (1838–1902) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of How­ard (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Theodore C. Williams


In the lonely midnight on the wintry hill,
Shepherds heard the angels singing, Peace, good will.
Listen, O ye weary, to the angels’ song,
Unto to you the tidings of great joy belong.

Though in David’s city angels sing no more,
Love makes angel music on earth’s darkest shore;
Though no heavenly glory meet your wondering eyes,
Love can make your dwelling bright as paradise.

Though the child of Mary, sent from Heaven on high,
In His manger cradle may no longer lie,
Love is king forever, though the proud world scorn;
If ye truly seek Him, Christ your king is born.