The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Wondrous Word

Words: Elsie Duncan Yale, 1915

Music: J. Lincoln Hall, 1915

Source: J. Lincoln Hall, C. Austin Miles, Adam Geibel, eds., Jubilate: Sunday School Hymnal (Winona Lake, Indiana: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co., 1947), Hymn #216.

1. As midnight hush so calm and still
Was brooding o'er the vale and hill,
The shepherds 'neath the starry light
Were watching o'er their flocks by night.
But a wondrous word,
Thro' the silence heard,
It was “Glory be to God, to God on high!”

Chorus:
Glory to God, be God on high,
Peace unto earth, unto earth is nigh;
Glory, to God, List the reply!
It is glory to God, unto God on high.

2. Bright starbeams crown'd the dreaming plain,
The night wind breath'd a soft refrain,
O'er David's town dark shadows crept,
As shepherds still their vigil kept.
But a wondrous word,
Thro' the silence heard,
It was “Glory be to God, to God on high!” Chorus

3. O holy night, O night divine!
What tender joy, what peace is thine!
For 'mid thy silence seraphs come
To herald one from heav'nly home.
But a wondrous word,
Thro' the silence heard,
It was “Glory be to God, to God on high!” Chorus

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