Birth of Christ the Lord

Glory to God, the angels are singing

Author: William A. Ogden
Tune: ["Glory to God!" the angels are singing]
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 "Glory to God!" the angels are singing,
Tidings of joy to men they bring;
Bethlehem’s plain with music is ringing,
Jesus today is born a king;
Not in a palace, but in a manger,
Lieth the dear Redeemer’s head,
Girded with glory sages behold Him,
Low where the beasts of the stall are fed.

"Glory to God!" the angels are singing,
Peace and good will to men they bring.
Bethlehem’s plain with music is ringing,
Jesus today is born a king.

2 "Glory to God!" the wonderful chorus!
"Peace and good will," the angels sing,
For unto you is born in the city,
City of David, Christ a king.
Born to redeem, oh, mighty salvation!
Jesus, the Christ, oh, yes, ’tis He!
Wrapped in the swaddling garments behold Him,
This unto you a sign shall be. [Refrain]

3 "Glory to God!" the multitude singeth,
Glory to God! let men reply;
Glory to God! the echo still ringeth,
Ringeth aloud thro’ earth and sky,
Nations shall sit no longer in darkness,
Tell the good news o’er earth afar!
Seated in glory now behold Him,
Jesus the bright and morning star. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9902

Author: William A. Ogden

William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio. Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio. When Ogden was six years old, his fam­i­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He began stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle la­ter, he could write a mel­o­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a chor­ist­er in his home church. At the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fant­ry. Duri­ng the war he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known throug­hout the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land. After the war, Og­den r… Go to person page >

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First Line: Glory to God, the angels are singing
Title: Birth of Christ the Lord
Author: William A. Ogden



The Cyber Hymnal #9902
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