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Bright angels on the wing

Bright angels on the wing

Author: Thomas Hastings
Tune: [Bright angels on the wing]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Bright angels on the wing,
At silent hour of night,
Proclaim aloud the newborn King,
’Mid floods of heav’nly light.
The wakeful shepherds hear
And tremble at the sound,
Till words of love dispel their fear,
And breathe sweet peace around.
Till words of love dispel their fear,
And breathe sweet peace around.

2 Then from the blazing sky,
Is heard th’enraptured strain:
"Glory to God, to God on high,"
Peace and good will to men.
Ye woods and rocks and hills,
Reverberate the song,
Till man the holy impulse feels,
And rolls the tide along.
Till man the holy impulse feels,
And rolls the tide along.

Glory to God on high,
Good will to men be given;
Celestial peace below the sky,
And endless joy in Heaven

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10096

Author: Thomas Hastings

Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Bright angels on the wing
Author: Thomas Hastings
Refrain First Line: Glory to God on high, good will


The Cyber Hymnal #10096
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #10096

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