Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
Words: From the Liturgy of St. James & an 8th Century manuscript in the British Museum (Gloria in excelsis Deo). The author of the English translation is unknown; it appeared in the Sabbath Hymn Book (Andover, Massachusetts: 1858).
Let glory be to God on high:
Peace be on earth as in the sky;
Good will to men! We bow the knee,
We praise, we bless, we worship Thee;
We give Thee thanks, Thy name we sing,
Almighty Father! Heav’nly King!
O Lord, the sole begotten Son,
Who bore the crimes which we had done;
Son of the Father, who wast slain
To take away the sins of men;
O Lamb of God, whose blood was spilt
For all the world, and all its guilt—
Have mercy on us, through Thy blood;
Receive our prayer, O Lamb of God!
For Thou art holy; Thou alone,
At God’s right hand, upon His throne,
In all His glory, art adored,
With Thee, O Holy Ghost, one Lord.