Scripture Verse

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


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

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).

Music: Me­li­ta John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).


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.