The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Awake, My Heart, My Soul, My Eyes

For Christmas Eve

Words: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, by Martin Luther
From Joseph Klug's Gesangsbuch, 1535
Notes and Translations: Notes for Vom Himmel Hoch Da Komm Ich Her

Text based on Luke 2: 1-18

Translation: Unknown

The Bible Hymn-Book (Edinburgh: W. P. Kennedy, 1754), #163, p. 142.

1. Awake, my heart, my soul and eyes!
Look what in yonder Manger lies!
Whose is that little lovely Child!
'Tis Christ, by whom we're reconcil'd.

2. Welcome, thrice welcome, heavenly guest,
God in our flesh made manifest!
Descending from thy throne on high,
For us to live, for us to die.

3. If this one world did thousands hold,
Adorn'd with precious stones and gold,
Yet all these worlds on worlds would be
A cradle far too mean for thee.

4. Yet, Lord, Thou wilt my dwelling share,
And for Thyself a couch prepare,
To rest for ever in my heart,
That I from Thee may never part!


This hymn is an excerpt from I Come From Heaven To Declare, verses 7, 8, 10, and 13, alt.

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