Scripture Verse

There were…shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them. Luke 2:8–9

Introduction

Words: John F. Mey­er (1772–1848). Trans­lat­ed to Eng­lish by Mi­lo Ma­han (1819–1870). The ver­sion be­low ap­peared in A New Ser­vice and Tune Book for Sun­day Schools, ed­it­ed by Al­fred B. Good­rich (New York: Gen­er­al Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Sun­day School Un­ion & Church Book So­ci­e­ty, 1863 & 1866), num­ber 151.

Music: Com­pos­er un­known (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the or­ig­in­al lang­uage, the com­pos­er, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Me­yer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you send us an e-mail?

portrait
Milo Mahan
(1819–1870)

Lyrics

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Angels and shining immortals,
Thronging thine ebony portals,
Fling out their banners of light,
Wonderful, wonderful night!

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Dreamed of by prophets and sages!
Manhood redeemed for all ages,
Welcomes thy hallowing might,
Wonderful, wonderful night!

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Down o’er the stars to restore us,
Leading His flame-wingèd chorus,
Comes the Eternal to sight—
Wonderful, wonderful night!

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Thee did the daystar adorning,
Christen with dew of the morning;
Eve of a day ever bright—
Wonderful, wonderful night!

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Sweet be thy rest to the weary,
Making the dull heart and dreary
Laugh in a dream of delight;
Wonderful, wonderful night!

Wonderful night! Wonderful night!
Let me, as long as life lingers,
Sing with the cherubim singers,
Glory to God in the height!
Wonderful, wonderful night!