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The an-gels from on high pro-claim, And sing redemption's sto

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2 The eternal Father's only Son

Now takes a manger for His throne: The everlasting fount of good, Assumes our mortal flesh and blood.

Hallelujah.

3 He whom the world can not enclose

In Mary's bosom doth repose;
To be a little child He deigns
Who all things by Himself sustains.

Hallelujah.

5 The only Son, true God confessed,

To His own world now comes a Guest; And through this vale of tears our

Guide, Doth in His heaven our home provide.

Hallelujah 6 In poorest guise to us He came,

Himself He bears our sin and shame, That, as His heirs in heaven above, We may with angels share His love.

Hallelujah. 7 His love to show, surpassing thought: God's Son this wondrous work hath

wrought; Then let us all unite to raise Our song of glad, unceasing praise.

Hallelujah.

4 The eternal Light to us descends,

Its brightness to the earth it lends, And purely shines upon our night, To make us children of the light.

Hallelujah.

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In this our hap-py Christmas-tide The joy-ful bells are ring - ing;

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2 A little Son, the virgin-born,

5 As darkest night must fade and die True God from everlasting

Before the sun's appearing, To rescue us who were forlorn,

So fades my grief away, when I His lot with us is casting:

Think on these tidings cheering, It moved His tender heart to see That God from all eternity This world of sin and misery

Hath loved the world, and hath on me In condemnation lying;

Bestowed His grace and favor; Therefore He came from realms above I'll ne'er forget the angels' strain: Down to our earth, drawn by His love, Peace-peace on earth, good will to To soothe our grief and sighing.

To you is born a Savior! [men, 3 Our thanks we offer Him today, 6 Although my joyful Christmas lay Although a poor oblation,

Is mingled with my sighing, Hallelujah! our joyful lay

The cross shall never take away Shall sound through every nation; My joy and praise undying; Now in our camp the Ark we see,

For when the heart is most opprest, Therefore we shout the victory

The harp of joy is tuned the best, With joyful hearts unfearing;

The better strains are ringing, We sing of peace, the peace profound,

The cross itself, at Jesus' will, That hell shall tremble at the sound, Must aid my soul, that I may still Our Christmas anthem hearing.

In grief His praise be singing. 4 That God has laid His anger by,

7 Hallelujah! our strife is o’er, He by His gift hath shown us;

Who, then, should pine in sadness? He gives His Son for us to die,

Who now should grieve in anguish In Him He now doth own us;

In these our days of gladness? (sore

Thou Church of God, o sing this morn: These joyful tidings tell abroad,

To us is Christ the Savior born,
That Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
From sin doth us deliver;

O joy that none can sever!
Who then should not be glad today

Hallelujah! sing thou my heart,

Now Christ is mine, I can depart When Christ is born, the sinners'stay,

To be with Him for ever. Who is of grace the giver?

H. A. Brorson, 1732 186 7. 4L.

German medieval, adapted by Luther or Walther 1524

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2 Not of mortal blood or birth,

He descends from heaven to earth:
By the Holy Ghost conceived,

Truly man to be believed.
3 Wondrous birth! () wondrous Child!
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.
4 From the Father forth He came,

And returneth to the same,

Captive leading death and hell:

High the song of triumph swell!
5 Equal to the Father now,

Though to dust Thou once didst bow;
Boundless shall Thy kingdom be:

When shall we its glories see?
6 Brightly doth Thy manger shine,

Glorious is its light divine:
Let not sin o'ercloud this light,
Ever be our faith thus bright.

Ambrose, d. 397

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2 Triumph, ye heavens! rejoice, O ye nations and wonder!
God and the sinner no power of the devil may sunder.

"Peace and good-will!”
Hark! it is echoing still,

Silencing Sinai's thunder!
3 God in man's nature! O mystery past comprehending!
Now is the temple thrown wide and the incense ascending!

Christ is the way!
We who were once far away,
Now at His footstool are bending.

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