Visit Of The Angels

"And suddenly, there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory be to God in the highest! and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:13 

On the plains of Palestine,

Shepherds by night,

Saw celestial glories shine,

O, wondrous sight!

A multitude of the heavenly host

And heavenly light.

Those shepherds slept 

not at their post

That joyful night.

Angels praising God 

and singing,

"Peace on earth "

Joyful news to shepherds bringing,

Of Jesus' birth.

Heaven's lofty arches rang

With joyful lays;

Shepherds rejoiced, 

and angels sang

Songs of praise.

At his feet archangels bow,

Jesus lives.

Arrayed in priestly vestments now.

Still he forgives.

Soon will his priestly office end:

He'll wear a crown.

Haste, secure him for a friend;

Escape his frown.

J. Clarke.