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

Johannes D. Falk, Auserlesene Werke (Leipzig, Germany: 1816); translated from German to English by Beale M. Schmucker in the Wartburg Hymnal, edited by O. Hardwig (Chicago, Illinois: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918).

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

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Johannes D. Falk (1768-1826)

O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
Earth’s hopes awaken, Christ life has taken,
Laud Him, O laud Him on every side!

O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
Christ’s light is beaming, our souls redeeming,
Laud Him, O laud Him on every side!

O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
O thou joyful day, O thou blessèd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!
King of all glory, We bow before Thee—
Laud Him, O laud Him on every side!