Scripture Verse

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


George W. Cable

Words: George W. Ca­ble, 1899. Ca­ble first sub­mit­ted this ca­rol to Cen­tu­ry ma­ga­zine, which re­ject­ed it. He then sent it to The La­dies’ Home Jour­nal, which put it in their De­cem­ber 1899 is­sue. It was lat­er pub­lished in Po­pu­lar Hymns No. 2, ed­it­ed by Chris­to­pher C. Cline (St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Chris­tian Pub­lish­ing, 1901), num­ber 254.

Music: Me­lo­dy by George Ca­ble, har­mo­ny by Har­vey R. Shel­ley (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Shel­ley (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Children of Jesus,
Come lift the chant, resound the chord;
Once more is confirmed all
The prophets’ wondrous word.
For gold and myrrh bring purity,
For frankincense bring charity,
The gifts of the soul for
The birthday of the Lord!

Children of Jesus,
While bells unnumbered swing and ring,
With anthem and carol,
Your supplications bring,
That God all hearts may fashion,
For every holy passion,
And guide all His children
To Christ, the children’s king.

Tell of the wise men
Who Mary with the young Child found,
And shepherds upstartled
From off the frosty ground;
Sing all the angels sang to them,
And show the Star of Bethlehem,
Ye children of Jesus,
The waking world around.

Children of Jesus,
Again this morn let plain and hill
Ring, Glory to God, peace
On earth, to men, good will!
Hosanna in the highest!

Let Christmas bring Christ nighest,
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Christ Jesus cometh still.