Scripture Verse

Suddenly there was with the angel 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 2:13–14

Introduction

Words: Will­iam H. Bath­urst, Psalms and Hymns 1831, pag­es 139–40.

Music: Mor­na Cle­ment H. Per­rot (1842–1910) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
William H. Bathurst
(1796–1877)

Lyrics

The long expected hour draws near,
The dawning is begun;
And night’s dark shadows disappear
Before the rising Sun.

A king is born, whose righteous sway
Shall stretch through every land:
Ye mountains bend, ye rocks give way,
And own your maker’s hand.

The heavenly hosts with warm delight
Their joyful praise express;
And shall not earth her voice unite,
A Savior’s name to bless?

Glory to God on high, they sing,
Let peace on earth prevail;
Good will to man its blessings bring,
And joys that never fail.

Lord, let our faith and love increase,
Our lips Thy praises tell;
And let Thy presence and Thy peace
In every bosom dwell.