Scripture Verse

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


Thomas Kelly

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns Not Be­fore Pub­lished (Dub­lin: Tho­mas John­ston, 1815), num­ber 3.

Music: Zov­ko James C. D. Par­ker (1828–1916) (🔊 pdf nwc).

James C. D. Parker


Whence those sounds symphonious?
Solemn, sweet and rare,
Music most harmonious
Filling all the air:
Hark! ’tis angels singing,
Singing here on earth;
Joyful tidings bringing,
Of the Savior’s birth.

In that region yonder,
Where the angels sing,
Bursts of joy and wonder
Make the air to ring:
Praise and adoration
Be to God above:
And to man, salvation,
Object now of love.

Now, ye heavens, sing ye;
Earth, break forth and cry;
O ye mountains, ring ye,
With the sound of joy;
For the Lord has done it:
His the victory.
His own arm hath won it:
Israel shall be free.