1 All glory to God in the sky,
And peace upon earth be restored;
O Jesus, exalted on high,
Appear, our omnipotent Lord!
Who, meanly in Bethlehem born,
Didst stoop to redeem a lost race:
Once more to thy creatures return,
And reign in thy kingdom of grace.
2 Oh, wouldst thou again be made known,--
Again in thy Spirit descend;
And set up, in each of thine own,
A kingdom that never shall end!
Thou only art able to bless,
And make the glad nations obey,
And bid the dire enmity cease,
And bow the whole world to thy sway.
3 Oh, come to thy servants again,
Who long thine appearing to know,--
Thy quiet and peaceable reign
In mercy establish below:
All sorrow before thee shall fly,
And anger and hatred be o'er;
And envy and malice shall die,
And discord afflict us no more.
4 No horrid alarum of war
Shall break our eternal repose;
No sound of the trumpet is there
Where Jesus' spirit o'erflows:
Appeased by the charms of thy grace,
We all shall in amity join;
And kindly each other embrace,
And love with a passion like thine.
Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >
All glory to God in the sky. C. Wesley. [Christmas.] This is No. xviii. of his Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord, 1744, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1780 it was given in full in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 211, and has been repeated in all later editions. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 125.) Its use amongst the Methodist bodies in all English-speaking countries is considerable; but outside of Methodism it is but little known.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: All Glory to God in the SkyFirst Line: All glory to God in the skyTune Title: GREEN FIELDSAuthor: Charles WesleySource: Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 18