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

Introduction

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Catherine Winkworth
(1827–1878)

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1531 (Vom Him­mel hoch da komm ich her). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­man­i­ca, 1855. Though sung as a sep­a­rate hymn, these lyr­ics are on­ly part of Wink­worth’s trans­la­tion. From Hea­ven Above to Earth I Come is an­o­ther part.

Music: Je­su Re­demp­tor Om­ni­um Ka­tol­isch­en Kirsch­en Ge­sang­buch, 1625 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Martin Luther
(1483–1546)

Lyrics

Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes!
What is it in that manger lies?
Who is the Child so young and fair?
The blessèd Christ Child lieth there.

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

Glory to God in highest Heav’n,
Who unto man His Son has giv’n,
While angels sing, our hearts to cheer,
To all the earth a glad new year!