Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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:

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Frederick L. Hosmer
(1840–1929)

Lyrics

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.