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

An­on­y­mous, in The Help­er in Sac­red Song, ed­it­ed by George C. Hugg & Frank L. Arm­strong (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Church & Sun­day School Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1889), page 191.

March Ro­maine, adapt­ed from Charles F. Gou­nod (1818–1893) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles F. Gounod (1818–1893)

Welcome, day of blessing!
Peace and joy thy moments bring;
Welcome, day of gladness!
Round the earth may thy praises ring.

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This day is the promise sealed,
This day is the love of God revealed;
Over Bethlehem, the angel voices sing
The birthday of our king.

Carol, men and maidens!
With the angels sound His praise.
Carol, youth and children,
In full chorus your voices raise.

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Onward, bear His standard!
Spread the triumphs of His name!
Upward, lift the banner,
And the forces of evil shame.

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Crown Him, then ye people,
Crown the Savior, Prince of Peace!
Crown Him, O ye nations,
For His kingdom shall still increase!

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