…a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.@Luke 2:13
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Joachim Neander (1650–1680)

Mat­thi­as Loy, in The Ev­an­gel­i­cal Lu­ther­an Hym­nal (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Ohio Sy­nod­i­cal Print­ing House, 1880), num­ber 33.

Un­ser Herr­scher Jo­ach­im Ne­an­der, 1680 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Matthias Loy (1828–1915)

Listen to those happy voices
Of the radiant angel throng!
How the earth and sky rejoices!
All the air is full of song!
Hallelujah! blissful morn!
Hallelujah! Christ is born!

Hear ye not the bright robed angel
Cheering shepherds in the field—
Telling them the sweet evangel
That the woes of man are healed?
Hear ye not the angel say:
Fear ye not, be glad today?

Bid the fiend of hell defiance!
Conquered now is every foe!
In His name have full reliance,
Who hath borne our sin and woe!
Hallelujah—death is braved!
Hallelujah—we are saved!

Should we not with songs of gladness
Glory give to God for aye?
Why be bowed with grief and sadness
When our sins are borne away?
Praise Him—with the angels vie—
Glory be to God on high!

Swell, ye saints, the blissful chorus,
Roll it onward like a sea!
As the angels, hovering o’er us,
Still repeat the melody.
Hear ye not the angel say:
Fear ye not, be glad today?

Gladly we repeat the story—
Vie with angels while they sing:
Be to God immortal glory,
Glory to the new-born King!

Hallelujah, blissful morn!
Hallelujah, Christ is born!