Scripture Verse

Abide with us. Luke 24:29


Words: John H. Spiel­man, in the Ev­an­gel­i­cal Lu­ther­an Hym­nal (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Ohio Syn­od­i­cal Print­ing House, 1880), num­ber 36, alt.

Music: Christ­mas Morn (Spiel­man) John H. Spiel­man, 1880; adapt­ed from Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hausen, 1704 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Spiel­man (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Johann A. Freylinghausen


This is the happy Christmas morn,
This is the day the Christ was born;
Loud let the song of triumph ring;
Hosanna to our Savior King!
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Prepare the holy Christ-child room;
Lo, see, the Day-star dawneth bright!
O blessèd Star, be Thou our light!
Thou heav’nly Guide, with us abide! Amen.

Let Heav’n and earth with gladness ring!
The Savior comes, the new-born King!
Behold Him in a manger laid,
Sweet Babe, in swaddling clothes arrayed:
He, the eternal Word of grace,
Comes down to save our fallen race.
Let earth rejoice in highest strains!
Glory to God, Messiah reigns!
In Him confide, whate’er betide! Amen.

Bright angel choirs in glittering train,
With grand hosannas sweep the plain;
And unto humble shepherds bring
Good news of Christ, the heavenly King.
O loving Savior of our race,
In whom the rich and poor find grace;
We’ll spread Thy Gospel’s cheering ray!
Thou art the Life, the Truth, the Way:
Thyself accord to us, O Lord! Amen