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Song of the ages

Floating downward through the midnight

Author: George C. Hugg
Tune: [Floating downward through the midnight]
Published in 8 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Floating downward through the midnight,
Bursts a glorious tide of song;
Angel voices tuned to sweetness
Roll the mighty wave along.

"Glory, glory in the highest!
Peace on earth, good-will to men";
Down the ages roll the tidings,
Mortals shout a loud "Amen."

2 Shepherds watchful guard are keeping,
Over their flocks this starlit night,
Wondering at the breaking glory,
And the angel song so bright. [Refrain]

3 Sweetly led to Bethlehem’s manger,
Viewing there the newborn child,
Light of light! and hope of ages!
God and man, now reconciled. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14135

Author: George C. Hugg

George Crawford Hugg USA 1848-1907. Born near Haddonfield, NJ, he became choirmaster at the Berlin, NJ, Presbyterian Church at age 12. At age 14 he published his first song, “Walk in the light”, which became very popular. He married Anne E Ketchum, and they had a daughter, Evangeline. He served as choirmaster of the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and also the Broad Street and Arch Street Methodist Episcopal Churches there. He was also closely associated with the Harper Memorial Presbyterian Church there. He was a prolific composer with over 2000 works, publishing 18 books of revival and Sunday school music, and 90 songs for special occasions (Christmas, Easter, etc.). He died in Philadelphia, PA. John Perry… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Floating downward through the midnight
Title: Song of the ages
Author: George C. Hugg
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glory, glory in the highest
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #14135
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
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Heaven's Echo #192

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On Wings of Song #212

Songs for the Harvest Field #d27

Songs for the Harvest Field #d28

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Sunlight in Sacred Song #36

The Brethren's Sunday School Song Book #d30


The Cyber Hymnal #14135

The Olive Leaf #d16

Exclude 7 pre-1979 instances
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