Scripture Verse

His only begotten Son. John 3:16


John Mason Neale

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Words: Un­known au­thor, 6th Cen­tu­ry (Chris­te Re­demp­tor om­ni­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, The Hym­nal Not­ed (Lon­don & New York: No­vel­lo & Ew­er, 1851), num­ber 13.

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

Johann S. Bach


Jesu, the Father’s only Son,
Whose death for all redemption won,
Before the worlds, of God most high
Begotten all ineffably.

The Father’s light and splendor Thou,
Their endless hope to Thee that bow;
Accept the prayers and praise today
That through the world Thy servants pray.

Salvation’s Author, call to mind
Thou took’st the form of humankind,
When of the virgin undefiled,
Thou, in man’s flesh, became a child.

Thus testifies the present day,
Through every year in long array,
That Thou, salvation’s source alone,
Proceedest from the Father’s throne.

Whence sky, and stars, and sea’s abyss,
And earth, and all that therein is,
Shall still with laud and carol meet,
The Author of Thine advent greet.

And we who, by Thy precious blood
From sin redeemed, are marked for God,
On this the day that saw Thy birth,
Sing the new song of ransomed earth.

For that Thine advent glory be,
O Jesu, virgin born, to Thee!
With Father, and with Holy Ghost,
From men and from the heav’nly host.