Scripture Verse

She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger. Luke 2:7


Catherine Winkworth

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1535. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, 1855. These lyr­ics are from the long­er hymn, From Hea­ven Above to Earth I Come.

Music: Vom Him­mel Hoch Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Martin Luther
Adoration of the Magi
Peter Paul Rubens

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle song.

Glory to God in highest Heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.