The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Heaven High I've Wandered Forth

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: Henry William Dulcken

Source:  H. W. Dulcken, ed.,  Golden Harp (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1866), p. 137.

(Sung three hundred years ago.) 
From heaven high I've wandered forth, 
To bring glad tidings down on earth ; 
Good store of tidings glad I bring, 
Whereof I'll speak, whereof I'll sing. 

For unto you a child this morn 
Is of a chosen Virgin born ; 
A beauteous Child, so fair to see, 
Your joy and comfort it shall be. 

For he is Jesus Christ our Lord, 
Who unto all shall help afford ; 
To be our Saviour He doth deign 
To cleanse us from each sinful stain. 

Salvation 'mong you He will share 
That God the Father did prepare, 
That in the heavenly kingdom ye 
Might come to dwell eternally. 

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