Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
Words: Eben E. Rexford, in Carols of Joy, edited by Frank M. Davis (Springfield, Ohio: J. L. Rust, 1882), number 136.
Music: Henry S. Perkins (🔊 pdf nwc).
The bells are ringing clear and sweet
Beneath adoring angel feet,
And in our hearts this Christmas day
Let strife and discord die away;
For, in a manger poor and low
Was born the Christ Child years ago,
And wise men in a land afar
Were told the tidings by a star.
While sweetly o’er Judea’s plains
Rang out the glad, exultant strains,
Which angels sing on Christmas still,
Of peace on earth, to men good will,
To men good will.
O Christ Child, in a manger born!
The stars sang on Thy birthday morn;
While cradled on Thy mother’s breast,
The shepherds sought Thy place of rest.
Heav’ns peace abides upon the earth
In honor of Thy lowly birth;
For Thou hast died for us and them
Who hailed Thee king in Bethlehem.
O song which never shall grow old,
Down all the coming ages rolled!
O Christ Child, born a cross to bear,
That we at last a crown may wear!
Let us like shepherds at Thy feet
Bring low, as tribute, offerings meet,
And worship there while angels sing
In praise of Jesus Christ, our king.