Ah, Dearest Jesus
For Christmas Eve
Text based on Luke 2: 1-18
Music:"Von Himmel Hoch," from Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder (Leipzig, Germany: 1539); harmony by Johann Sebastian Bach
1. Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
2. My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle song.
3. Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
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