Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

portrait
John Brownlie
(1857–1925)

Words: Un­known au­thor (Ὁ οὐ­ρα­νὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ σή­με­ρον προ­φη­τι­κῶς εὐφραιν­έσθω­σαν). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John Brown­lie, Hymns of the Greek Church (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land & Lon­don: Ol­i­phant, An­der­son & Fer­ri­er, 1900), page 32.

Music: Vig­go Vig­go Kalh­au­ge (1840–1905) (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
Viggo Kalhauge
(1840–1905)

Lyrics

In the bliss of old predicted,
Heav’n and earth to-day rejoice;
Men and angels, one in spirit,
Shout aloud in gleeful voice;
For, to those in darkness drear,
God in human flesh is near.

Cave and manger show the mystery;
Shepherds tell the wondrous tale;
Bearing gifts to lay before Him
From the east the Magi hail;
Taught by angel words to sing,
We unworthy praises bring.

Glory be to God eternal!
Peace on earth its reign begin!
For the one Desire of nations
Comes to save us from our sin;
Freedom He will now bestow
From the bondage of the foe.