Scripture Verse

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


Words: E. U. Ed­el, 1880. Ap­peared in The Gem of Gems, ed­it­ed by Asa Hull (New York: Da­ni­el W. Knowles, 1881), num­ber 178.

Music: Muş E. U. Ed­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ed­el’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Shepherds Abiding in the Fields
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)


Startling news the an­gel brings,
Glorious words for mor­tal ears;
Christ is born, the King of kings,
Lo! His sig­nal star ap­pears.


Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Glory be to God on high!
Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!
Glory, let our hearts re­ply

When the heav’n­ly host ap­peared
To the shep­herds on the plain,
Following the good news heard,
Quickly came the glad re­frain.


Peace on earth, good-will to men,
Jesus comes to save and bless;
Go and find in Beth­le­hem,
Christ the Lord, and Him con­fess.


Then they haste the Child to seek,
Trusting in the an­gel’s word;
Worshiping the Sav­ior meek,
Wise men found in Him their Lord.


Jesus our al­migh­ty king,
Lives and reigns in Heav’n above;
We adore and glad­ly sing
Praises for His bound­less love.