Hearts At Christmas Time Were Jolly
Words: Words: "Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen," Paul Gerhardt, from Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica, #104, 1656; trans. by "A. G."
Music: "Bonn (Warum Sollt Ich)" by Johann Georg Ebeling (1637-76)
Source: Percy Dearmer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw, eds., Songs of Praise. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1931, #89.
1. Hearts at Christmas time were jolly:
For a day
All our gloom and folly.
Hear, O hear, the message sung us
In the air
Christ has come among us.
2. Come to bring a better morrow,
Preach God's Realm
Selfishness and sorrow.
Men's devices spin to zero;
His plan reigns:
Prophet he and hero.
3. For thy sake, then, single hearted,
Let us use
That good news
By thy life imparted.
Never shall our wills oppose thee;
Seed of power,
Hearts of men enclose thee.
4. Art and science circle o'er thee,
Left and right;
Wisdom rides before thee.
Plans and pleas of men are hollow:
Son of God,
At thy nod
We will up and follow.
Sheet Music "Bonn (Warum Sollt Ich)" by Johann Georg Ebeling (1637-76) From Percy Dearmer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw, eds., Songs of Praise. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1931, #89.