Scripture Verse

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


Words: From the Gold­en Show­er (New York: Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1862), page 7.

Music: From The Ho­san­na (New York: New Church Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1905), page 88 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William B. Bradbury (1816–1868)


Children, can you truly tell,
Do you know the story well,
Every girl and every boy,
Why the angels sang for joy


On the Christ­mas morning,
On the Christ­mas morning?

Yes, we know the story well;
Listen now, and hear us tell
Every little girl and boy,
Why the angels sang for joy


Shepherds sat upon the ground,
Fleecy flocks lay scattered round,
When a brightness filled the sky,
And a song was heard on high


Joy and peace the angels sang,
Far the pleasant echoes rang;
Peace on earth, to men good will,
Hark! the angels sing it still


For a little babe this day,
Cradled in a manger lay;
Born on earth our Lord to be,
This the wondering angels see