Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

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Martin Luther
(1483–1546)

Words: La­tin, 11th Cen­tu­ry (Gra­tes nunc om­nes). Ex­pand­ed and trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man by Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1523 (Ge­lob­et seist du, Je­su Christ). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Charles Kin­chen, cir­ca 1742.

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Knapp
(1698–1768)

Lyrics

Lord Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee,
That Thou wast pleased a man to be;
Our low estate Thou didst not scorn;
And angels sang to see Thee born.

The heavenly Father’s only Son,
He left His rightful glorious throne;
The Lord through whom the worlds were made
Is in the humble manger laid.

The brightness of the light divine
Doth now into our darkness shine;
It breaks upon sin’s gloomy night
And makes us children of the light.

The Father’s Son, for ever blest,
Becomes in His own world a guest,
To lead us from this vale of strife
Into the everlasting life.