Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o’er our plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your rapturous strain prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Come to Bethlehem, and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise.
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

A. Edmonds Tozer, ed., Catholic Church Hymnal With Music (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1905).

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