Scripture Verse

There was with the angel 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

Introduction

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Lizzie DeArmond
(1847–1936)

Words: Liz­zie De­Ar­mond, in Around the Man­ger, 1912.

Music: Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Christ­mas Ca­rols Old and New, 1871

Lyrics

A song floated down
Thro’ the silence of night,
Enfolding each shadowy plain,
Glad welcome to Jesus,
The dear Christmas guest,
All glorious rang the refrain.

Refrain

Peace, peace, peace on the earth!
Hear the sweet anthem resounding!
Peace, peace, peace on the earth!
Message the shepherds astounding!
Joy, joy, joy to the world!
Sorrow and sin ’tis confounding,
Heav’n’s gladness voicing,
Rapt with rejoicing,
Angels are singing their glad refrain.

The mountains and hilltops
Re-echoed the lay,
The earth shone with heavenly light;
The word of the prophets,
The Gospel of love,
Came true on that wonderful night.

Refrain

The hope of the years,
The Redeemer divine,
Is born in the Bethlehem town;
From throne to a manger,
The Lord of the skies,
The King pure and holy comes down.

Refrain