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

Verse 1, Johannes D. Falk, Auserlesene Werke (Leipzig, Germany: 1816); verses 2–3, anonymous (O du fröhliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit). Translated from German to English by Henry Katterjohn, 1919.

Sicilian Mariners, from the The European Magazine and London Review, November 1792 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johannes D. Falk (1768–1826)

O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Grace revealing Christmastide!
Jesus came to win us
From all sin within us;
Glorify, glorify the Holy Child!

O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Love revealing Christmastide!
Loud hosannas singing,
And all praises bringing,
May Thy love, may Thy love with us abide.

O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Peace revealing Christmastide!
Darkness disappeareth,
God’s own light now neareth,
Peace and joy, peace and joy to all betide.