The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Heaven The Angel-troop Came Near

For Christmas

Words: Martin Luther, Vom Himmel Kam Der Engel Schar, 1543
See: Notes on Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar

Translation: Dr. George Macdonald.

Altered in Macdonald's Exotics, From Heaven The Angel-Troop Come Near

Source: Thomas Guthrie, ed., The Sunday Magazine for 1867 (London: Strahan & Co., 1867), January 1, 1867, p. 256.

From heaven the angel-troop came near,
And to the shepherds did appear.
A tender little child, they cryk,
In a rough manger lies hard by,

In Bethlehem, David's town of old,
As Prophet Micah has foretold;
Our Master, Jesus Christ, it is,
Who brings you all his saving bliss.

And ye may well break out in mirth,
For God is one with you henceforth;
His son is born your flesh and blood;
Your brother is the eternal Good.

He will not, cannot leave you. Thence
Set you in him your confidence;
Whatever foes stand in the road,
Defy them in the name of God.

To you what can do death or sin?
The true God is to you come in.
Let hell and Satan raging go --
The Son of God's your comrade now.

All safe at last your lives ye find,
For you are now of God's own kind.
For this thank God, now and alway,
Patient and happy every day. Amen.

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