Scripture Verse

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


Words: Tho­mas Da­vis, Hymns Old and New (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1864), num­ber 48.

Music: Fer­nie­hurst, from The Me­tho­dist Hym­nal (New York & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Me­tho­dist Book Con­cern, 1905), num­ber 250 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the com­pos­er, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Da­vis (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Linked in the bond of peace
Let all with sac­red mirth
Lift up one song of praise and love,
While pon­der­ing Je­su’s birth.

From age to age this day
Hath blest un­num­bered hearts;
And still its light shall wake fresh hope,
Till all we mourn de­parts.

Our fa­thers hailed its dawn
With praise to God above;
And some re­called the Babe di­vine,
Till burnt once more their love.

And love, re­kin­dled thus,
Was fraught with good pro­found;
The fest­al day knit heart to heart,
And spread pure joys around.

Alas! too oft ’twas stained
With ev­ils, and is still!
But O! let us hold fast the good
And hate and shun the ill.

Let all to­day be peace,
And love, and ho­ly joy;
And earth’s sad needs by kind­ly deeds
To abate, our best em­ploy.