Scripture Verse

On earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

Words: Ju­lia A. Ma­thews, in Roy­al Dia­dem, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & W. How­ard Doane (New York: Big­low & Main, 1873), num­ber 9. Al­so see Peace up­on Earth.

Music: Beau­mont Ro­bert Low­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Sweet peace on earth, good will to men,
The angels now are singing;
Their anthem, caroled thro’ the sky,
In every heart is ringing:


The Christ is come to lead us home,
His star shines forth in glo­ry;
Let every bell the tidings tell,
That all may know the story.

O Christ, their simple gifts to Thee
Thy little ones are bringing;
No gold, or myrrh, or costly gems,
But they are softly singing:


’Tis all that we can do for Thee;
But, even angel voices
Can ne­ver sing a nobler song
Than that which earth rejoices: