Scripture Verse

She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7


Paul Gerhardt

Words: Paul Ger­hardt, in Prax­is Pi­e­ta­tis Me­li­ca, by Jo­hann Crü­ger, fifth ed­i­tion, 1653 (Ich steh an dein­er Kripp­en hier). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Will­iam M. Cza­man­ske in Se­lect Songs for School and Home, ed­it­ed by John A. Theiss & Bern­hard Schu­mach­er (St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Con­cor­dia Pub­lish­ing House, 1922), alt.

Music: Wonn­ber­ger C. Wonn­ber­ger, pro­bab­ly late 19th Cen­tu­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Wonn­ber­ger’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Cza­man­ske, would you ?

Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst


Beside Thy manger here I stand,
Dear Jesus, Lord and Savior,
A gift of love within my hand
To thank Thee for Thy favor.
O take my humble offering;
My heart, my soul, yea, everything
Is Thine to keep forever.

With joy I gaze upon Thy face;
Thy glory and Thy splendor
Are greater than my heart can praise,
And songs can fitly render.
O that my mind might truly be
As boundless as the deepest sea—
’Twould still be lost in wonder.

O grant me this abundant grace,
And let it be Thy pleasure
That I may be Thy dwelling place,
Dear Savior, sweetest treasure!
O let me be Thy manger bed,
Then shall I lift my lowly head
With joy beyond all measure.