Scripture Verse

Our Lord Jesus Christ…though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9


Catherine Winkworth

Words: Ur­ban Lang­hans, in Mar­tin Ham­mer’s Laud­es Im­ma-nu­el­is (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1620) (Lasst uns alle fröh­lich sein). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Cho­rale Book for Eng­land (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1863), num­ber 29.

Music: Lasst uns alle Ge­sang­buch, an­der Teil (Dres­den, Ger­ma­ny: 1632) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Lang­hans (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Let us all with gladsome voice
Praise the God of Heav­en,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice,
His own Son hath given.

To this vale of tears He comes,
Here to serve in sadness,
That with Him in Heav’ns fair home
We may reign in gladness.

We are rich, for He was poor;
Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore
Here on earth and yonder.

O Lord Christ, our Savior dear,
Be Thou ever near us.
Grant us now a glad new year.
Amen, Jesus, hear us!