Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
Words: Mary N. Meigs, in Sacred Songs for Public Worship, edited by M. J. Savage & Howard M. Dow (Boston, Massachusetts: George H. Ellis, 1883), number 153.
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Now the joyful Christmas morning,
Breaking o’er the world below,
Tells again the wondrous story
Of the Christ Child long ago.
Hark! we hear again the chorus
Echoing thro’ the starry sky,
And we join the heav’nly anthem,
Glory be to God on high!
Out of every clime and people,
Under every holy name,
Is the everlasting Gospel
Good and glad for aye the same;
So we, in our happy Christmas,
Breathe the universal creed,
Clasping hands with distant ages
In a brotherhood indeed.
Sing aloud, then, hearts and voices!
Shout, O new world, free and strong!
Hail of Light the deathless triumph,
Join the old world’s birthday song—
Glory be to God the Highest!
Peace on earth, good will to men!
’Twas the morning stars that pealed it—
Let the world respond again.