Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Anon­y­mous, in Chants, Ca­rols, and Tunes: A Sup­ple­ment to the Sun­day-School Ser­vice and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by John Clark Hol­lis­ter (New York: E. P. Dut­ton, 1863, 1865), sup­ple­ment page 61 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Christmas time is come again,
Christmas pleasures bringing;
Let us join our voices now,
And Christmas songs be singing.
Years ago, one starry night,
Thus the story’s given,
Angel bands o’er Bethlehem’s plains,
Sang the songs of Heaven.

Refrain

Glory be to God on high!
Peace, good will to mortals!
Christ the Lord is born tonight,
Heav’n throws wide its portals.

Angels sang, let men reply,
And children raise their voices;
Raise the chorus loud and high,
Earth and Heav’n rejoices.
When we reach that happy place
Joyous praises bringing,
Then, before our Father’s face,
We shall still be singing.

Refrain