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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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Representative Text

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 Augustine Ogden USA 1841-1897. Born at Franklin County, OH, his family moved to IN when he was age six. He studied music in local singing schools at age 8, and by age 10 could read church music fairly well. Later, he could write out a melody by hearing it sung or played. He enlisted in the American Civil War in the 30th IN Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland. After the war, he returned home, resumed music study, and taught school. He married Jennie V Headington, and they had two children: Lowell and Marian. He worked for the Iowa Normal School, Toledo Public School System. Among his teachers: Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, E E Baily and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Glory to God, the angels are singing
Title: Birth of Christ the Lord
Author: William A. Ogden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: "Glory to God!" the angels are singing
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9902
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The Cyber Hymnal #9902

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