She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

Introduction

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Benjamin H. Kennedy
(1804–1889)

Words: Ge­org Weiss­el, 1639 (Im fin­stern stall, o Wun­der groß). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ben­ja­min H. Ken­ne­dy, Hym­no­lo­gia Chris­ti­a­na (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1863), num­ber 104, alt.

Music: Mir­a­cle from Hea­ven Scott Wer­de­baugh, 2017 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Scott Werdebaugh
(1951–)

Lyrics

O miracle of love and might!
The Lord of all, the heavenly Light,
Low in a stable lieth;
For us He bears
The toils and tears
Of earth: for us He dieth.

O Christ, Thy glorious poverty
Makes all Thy people rich in Thee:
To wealth untold it leads them.
With heavenly wine
And bread divine
Thy thirst and hunger feeds them.

Ye saints on earth, no more be sad:
This holy Babe will make you glad
With joy that knows no measure:
His life above
Is peace and love,
And pure unfading pleasure.

Then let your hearts be bold and strong
To echo forth the angel song—
To God be glory given;
On earth be peace,
Nor ever cease
Goodwill to men from Heaven.