Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
Words: Anonymous, 14th Century (In natali Domini). Translated from Latin to English by Edward A. Washburn (1819–1881).
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On the birthday of the Lord,
Angel choirs, with one accord,
Joyous chant before the throne:
Glory be to God alone!
Lo! A virgin bore the Son,
Christ she bore, the Holy One,
Virgin ever undefiled.
Born is our Emmanuel,
Gabriel did the wonder tell;
Prophet eyes afar adored
Him, the sole-begotten Word.
Seraphs bring the gladsome tale,
Shepherds sing o’er hill and vale
Of the blessèd Savior’s birth,
Sweetest news for all the earth.
Hail the day, the happy morn;
Hail the Child of Mary born;
Born of God’s o’ershadowing might,
God of God, and Light of Light.
See! the wise their gifts unfold,
Incense, myrrh and royal gold;
Kneeling to th’eternal King,
Glory to our God they sing.