Scripture Verse

A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men, on whom His favor rests. Luke 2:13–14


Words: Kate Ul­mer, in Sun­day School Hymns No. 1, by Is­aac H. Me­re­dith & Grant C. Tul­lar (New York: Tul­lar-Me­re­dith, 1903), num­ber 256.

Music: Will­iam A. Post (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ul­mer or Post (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Long ago a shin­ing throng,
Thrilled the mid­night air with song;
For the Sav­ior pro­mised long,
Lay in Beth­l’em’s stall.
Over Ju­dah’s si­lent plain,
Sweetly rang the joy­ous strain;
Of His birth, who yet shall reign,
As king of all.


Praise Him, an­gels bright,
Praise Him, stars of light,
Tell His won­drous might,
Who to­day was born.
Shout, O shout His name,
Gladly now pro­claim,
How to save He came,
This hap­py morn.

Mighty God and Prince of Peace,
Never shall His glo­ry cease;
But for­ev­er more in­crease,
Till He rules alone.
All the earth shall own His sway,
Crowns and king­doms pass away;
Kings to him shall trib­ute pay,
Upon the throne.


Sing, ye heav’n­ly hosts on high,
Sons of men, with joy re­ply,
Sound His praise through earth and sky,
In His love re­joice.
Let the swell­ing chor­us ring,
Hail Him Lord and crown Him king;
Of His pow­er for­ev­er sing,
With heart and voice.