Scripture Verse

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


Edward A. Washburn

Words: Ed­ward A. Was­hburn, in Hymns and Of­fic­es of Wor­ship, ed­it­ed by Pe­ter Wolle (Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia: Mo­ra­vi­an Pub­lish­ing Of­fice, 1866), num­ber 41.

Music: Mas­sah M. War­ner (🔊 pdf nwc).

Massah M. Warner


Softly the night is sleeping
On Bethlehem’s peaceful hill;
Silent the shepherds watching,
The gentle flocks are still.
But hark! the wondrous music
Falls from the op’ning sky;
Valley and cliff reecho,
Glory to God on high!


Glory to God! Glory to God!
Glory to God! it rings again,
Peace on the earth! good will to men!

Day in the east is breaking;
Day o’er the crimsoned earth;
Now the glad world is waking,
Glad in the Savior’s birth!
See where the clear star blendeth
Over the manger blest;
See where the infant Jesus
Smiles upon Mary’s breast!


Come with the gladsome shepherds,
Quick hastening from the fold;
Come with the wise men, pouring
Incense and myrrh and gold.
Come to Him, poor and lowly,
Around the cradle throng;
Come with your hearts of sunshine,
And sing the angels’ song.


Weave ye the wreaths unfading,
The fir tree and the pine;
Green from the snows of winter,
To deck the holy shrine;
Bring ye the happy children!
For this is Christmas morn;
Jesus, the sinless infant,
Jesus, the Lord, is born.