ALL MY HEART THIS NIGHT REJOICES
Meter: 8336 8336
Source: Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica: Second Series, The Christian Life, 1858
1. All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear,
Far and near,
Sweetest angel voices;
"Christ is born," their choirs are singing,
Till the air
Now with joy is ringing.
For it dawns, — the promised morrow
Of His birth
Who the earth
Rescues from her sorrow.
God to wear our form descendeth,
Of His grace
To our race
Here His Son He lendeth:
3. Yea, so truly for us careth,
That His Son
All we've done
As our offering beareth;
As our Lamb who, dying for us,
Bears our load,
And to God
Doth in peace restore us.
4. Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet,
"Flee from woe1 and danger;
Brethren come, from all doth grieve you
You are freed,
All you need
I will surely give you."
5. Come then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all,
Great and small,
Kneel in awe and wonder.
Love Him who with love is yearning;
Hail the Star
That from far
Bright with hope is burning!
6. Ye who pine in weary sadness,
Weep no more,
For the door
Now is found of gladness.
Cling to Him for He will guide you
Where no cross
Pain or loss,
Can again betide you.
7. Hither come, ye heavy-hearted;
Who for sin
Long and sore have smarted;
For the poison'd wounds you're feeling
Help is near,
One is here
Mighty for their healing!
8. Hither come, ye poor and wretched;
Know His will
Is to fill
Every hand outstretched;
Here are riches without measure,
Fill your hearts with treasure.
9. Blessed Saviour, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me
Close to Thee,
Cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest
On Thy breast,
All this void Thou fillest.
10. Thee, dear Lord, with heed I'll cherish,
Live to Thee,
And with Thee
Dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee for ever,
Far on high
In the joy
That can alter never.
Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #31.
This (and the following) contain seven of the above verses.
Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #31.
Sheet Music from Rev. Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899).
Sheet Music "Bonn" by Johan G. Ebeling, 1666, from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #48, p. 84.
Sheet Music "Fröhlich Soll Mein Herze Springen" by J. Crüger from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #138
Sheet Music "All My Heart This Night," Johan Georg Ebeling (1666), from Sheet Music from Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932), #130.
1. Or: want. Return
According to John Julian, Ian Bradley, and other research, other translations include:
Hearts At Christmas Time Were Jolly - A.G., Dearmer, Williams and Shaw, eds., Songs of Praise. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1931, #89.
Joyful Be My Spirit Singing - N. L. Frothingham, 1870.
Joyful Shall My Heart, Upspringing - M. W. Stryker, 1883.
Let The Voice Of Glad Thanksgiving - A. T. Russell (1848)
Lightly Bound My Bosom Ringing - Dr. M. Loy (1880)
Now In His Manger He So Humbly Lies - Moravian Hymn Book, 1754
Rise, My Soul, Adore Thy Maker - John Cennick (1718-1755)
Rise, My Soul, Shake Off All Sadness - P. H. Molther, Moravian Hymn Book, 1789, 1886.
Up My Heart! Rejoice With Singing - 1770 Broadside
Up! With Gladness Heavenward Springing - E. Massie, 1867
See: Ian Bradley, The Penguin Book of Carols. London: Penguin, 1999, #6. As usual, he has excellent notes. According to Julian, the original song consisted of 15 verses. See also John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1892, 1907) and Erik Routley, The English Carol (New York: Oxford University Press, 1959), p. 200.
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