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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Johann A. Freylinghausen (1670–1739)


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