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