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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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!