Scripture Verse

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


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Fred­er­ick L. Hos­mer, 1877.

Music: Be­ati­tu­do John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Frederick L. Hosmer (1840–1929)


Today be joy in ev­ery heart,
For lo, the an­gel throng
Once more above the list­en­ing earth
Repeats the ad­vent song:

Peace on the earth, good-will to men!
Before us goes the star
That leads us on to ho­li­er births
And life di­vin­er far.

Ye men of strife, for­get to­day
Your harsh­ness and your hate;
Too long ye stay the pro­mised years
For which the na­tions wait!

And ye up­on the tent­ed field,
Sheathe, sheathe to­day the sword!
By love, and not by might, shall come
The king­dom of the Lord.

O star of hu­man faith and hope!
Thy light shall lead us on,
Until it fades in morn­ing’s glow,
And heav’n on earth is won.