Scripture Verse

Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8


Martin Luther

Words: Am­brose of Mi­lan, cir­ca 397 (Ve­ni, Re­demp­tor gen­ti­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man by Mar­tin Lu­ther in Eyn En­chi­ri­di­on (Er­furt, Ger­ma­ny: 1524) (Nun Komm der Heid­en Hei­land). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John Gam­bold (1711–1771). Ap­peared as num­ber 1001 in the 1808 Sup­ple­ment to the 1801 Mo­ra­vi­an Hymn Book.

Music: Vom Him­mel hoch Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Erfurt, Geist­liche Lied­er, 1539 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Ambrose of Milan


Rejoice, our nature Christ assumes;
Born of a virgin, lo, He comes,
As a Messiah foreordained:
Adore and wonder, every land.

He left His bright, His glorious throne,
He bowed the heavens, to earth came down;
And thus His wondrous race began,
As God with God and Man with man.

Behold, a great, a heavenly light,
From Bethlehem’s manger shining bright,
Around those who in darkness dwell,
The night of evil to dispel.

Incarnate God, assert Thy power;
Arise, Thou glorious Conqueror:
Subdue sin, death, and every foe,
Erect Thy kingdom here below.