Scripture Verse

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 A. May, in the Praise Hym­na­ry, ed­it­ed by Tho­mas J. Mor­gan, Will­iam A. May & Phoebe M. Haynes (New York; Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Sil­ver Bur­dett, 1898), num­ber 292.

Music: Glo­ry to God (Wag­ner), ar­ranged from the Brid­al Cho­rus in the op­era Lo­hen­grin, by Ri­chard Wag­ner, 1850 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)


O starry night, thy silver light
Doth o’er the world its rare radiance shed;
Just as of old, when, we are told,
Men to the Babe in a manger were led.
As through the ages comes Thy sweet song,
First given to earth by celestial throng;
So, for all men, still shines Thy star,
And to all men speeds Thy story afar.

Peace among men! sing it again!
Hark to the chorus now girdling the earth!
Good will to all! It is God’s call,
Telling the nations of Christ’s glo­ri­ous birth.
Peace and good will to men, let us sing,
Glory to God! let the chiming bells ring!
Heaven and earth with joy resound—
Hope, love and grace for all men, now abound.