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


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

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

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

William H. Bathurst (1796–1877)


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.