The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Highest Heaven Good News I Bring

For Christmas Eve

Translation of Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, by Martin Luther
From Joseph Klug's Gesangsbuch, 1535
by A. T. Russell from Hymns for Publish Worship and Private Devotion, For the Benefit of the London German Hospital, Dalston (London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1848), Hymn #17.

"And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them"óLuke ii. 9.

"TUNE, No. 8."

1. From highest heaven good news I bring,
Glad tidings to the earth I sing:
To you this day a child is givín,
To crown you with the joy of heavín.

2. This is the Christ, your God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford ;
He will himself your Saviour be, .
From all your sins to set you free.

3. To you that blessedness he brings
Which from the Fatherís bounty springs:
That in the heavenly realm ye may
With us enjoy eternal day.

4. All hail! thou noble guest this morn,
Whose love did not the sinner scorn :
In my distress thou camíst to me,
What thanks shall I return to thee?

5. Praise God upon his heavenly throne,
Who gave to us his only Son:
For this his hosts, on joyful wing,
A blest new year of mercy sing.

Note:

Recast by Russell as From Highest Heaven Good News I Bring in his Psalms & Hymns, 1851, No. 43.

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