The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

Version 2
Compare: All My Heart This Night Rejoices - Version 1

All My Heart With Joy Is Springing - Translation by Dr. B. H. Kennedy

Words: Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen, Paul Gerhardt, from Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica, #104, 1656; Translator unknown.

This is a traditional text, though not well known. Source lost.

Music: Fröhlich Soll Mein Herze Springen, Johann Crueger, 1653;
"Ebeling," Johann Georg Ebeling, 1666;
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Nativity New; Stella (Parker)

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

2. Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
    Who the foe,
    Sin and woe,
Death and hell, o'erthroweth.
God is man, man to deliver;
    His dear Son
    Now is one
With our blood forever.

3. Shall we still dread God's displeasure,
    Who, to save,
    Freely gave
His most cherished Treasure?
To redeem us, He hath given
    His own Son
    From the throne
Of His might in heaven.

4. Should He who Himself imparted
    Aught withhold
    From the fold,
Leave us broken hearted?
Should the Son of God not love us,
    Who, to cheer
    Sufferers here,
Left His throne above us?

5. If our blessèd Lord and Maker
    Hated men,
    Would He then
Be of flesh partaker?
If He in our woe delighted,
    Would He bear
    Aall the care
Of our race benighted?

6. He becomes the Lamb that taketh
    Sin away
    And for aye
full atonement maketh.
For our life His own He tenders
    And our race,
    By His grace,
Meet for glory renders.

This additional verse is Jubilate Hymns; Recommended tune: All My Heart, by David Peacock, published in Carols for Today (Date and Publisher Unknown)

2. Listen! From a humble manger
Comes the call,
'One and all,
Run from sin and danger!
Christians come, let nothing grieve you:
You are freed!
All you need
I will surely give you.'

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