The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Heaven The Angel-Troop Come 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

Source: George Macdonald, Exotics (London: Strahan & Co., 1876), pp. 48-49.

The Original in The Sunday Magazine, 1867, From Heaven The Angel-troop Came Near

IV. Another Christ-Song

From heaven the angel-troop come near,
And to the shepherds plain appear:
A tender little child, they cry,
In a rough manger lies hard by,

In Bethlehem, David's town of old,
As Prophet Micah has foretold;
'Tis the Lord Jesus Christ, I wis,
Who of you all the saviour is.

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

He will nor can from you go hence;
Set you in him your confidence.
Let many battle on you make,
Defy them—he can not forsake.

What can death do to you, or sin?
The true God is to you come in.
tat hell and Satan raging go—
The Son of God's your comrade now.

At last you must approval win,
For you are now of God's own kin.
For this thank God, ever and aye,
Happy and patient all the day. Amen.

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