Scripture Verse

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


Words: George S. Holmes, in Bright Gems (York, Penn­syl­van­ia: S. B. El­len­ber­ger, 1881), num­ber 9.

Music: Sam­uel B. El­len­ber­ger (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Holmes’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or El­len­ber­ger (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


As sang the an­gels long ago,
While shep­herds watched their flocks be­low;
So sing we now the song again
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
Oh, let us then our tongues em­ploy;
Christmas brings the day of joy;
When men with an­gels join in glee,
To tell of peace while sor­rows flee.


Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas sing we then,
Peace on earth, good will to men;
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas,
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas,
Merry, mer­ry Christ­mas, ov­er again.

He came—the Sav­ior of man­kind,
To raise the dead and lead the blind;
He came—the Prince of Peace, the Friend
Of all, the Life, the Way, the End.
Coming, He the gift be­stowed of
Light along the earth’s dark road;
Of com­fort here, and home be­yond;
Of bliss­ful peace, and love pro­found.