Scripture Verse

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

Words: Charles W. Ray, Spi­cy Breez­es (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1883), page 142.

Music: Ca­pu­lin Charles E. Pri­or, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ray or Pri­or (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Why were angels once descending
O’er Judea’s hill and plain?
Why were harps and voices blending
In that grand, seraphic strain?

Refrain

Glory to God in the highest,
Let all earth resound again;
Glory to God in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

Why were eastern sages bending
O’er the Child of lowly birth?
Why were sweetest anthems sending
Their glad echoes over the earth?

Refrain

Love and mercy condescending
Helpless sinners to redeem,
From a fearful doom impending,
Had revealed the King supreme.

Refrain