The Hymns and Carols of Christmas


For Christmas

Words:  "Wir Singen Dir Immanuel", Paul Gerhardt, 1653
Translation By Catherine Winkworth, alt.
From Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year ,1855
See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

Thee, O Immanuel, We Praise
We Sing, Immanuel, Thy Praise

We Sing To Thee, Emmanuel (Frances Elizabeth Cox)

Music: "Erschienen Ist der Herrlich Tag," N. Hermann,
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"Germany," William Gardiner's Sacred Melodies, 1815
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1. Immanuel, we sing Thy praise;
Thou Prince of Life, Thou Fount of Grace,
With all Thy saints, Thee, Lord, we sing;
Praise, honor, thanks, to Thee we bring.1

2. E'er since the world began to be,
How many a heart hath longed for Thee!
And Thou, O long expected Guest,
Hast come at last to make us blest!

3. Now art Thou here: we know Thee now:
In lowly manger liest Thou:
A Child, yet makest all things great;
Poor, yet the earth Thy robe of state.

4. Now fearlessly I come to Thee:
From sin and grief O set me free!
Turn wrath away, dread death destroy,
And turn my sorrow into joy.2

5. Thou art my Head, my Lord divine:
I am Thy member, wholly Thine;
And by Thy Spirit's gracious power3
Will seek to serve Thee evermore.4

6. Thus will I sing Thy praises here,
With joyful spirit year by year;
And when we reckon years no more,
May I in heaven Thy name adore.


1. The version from O. Hardwig, The Wartburg Hymnal (1918) adds Hallelujah to the end of each verse. See sheet music (below). Return

2. Alternate fourth verse from O. Hardwig:

Now fearless I can look on Thee.
From sin and grief Thou setíst me free!
Thou bearest wrath, Thou conquerest death.
Fear turns to joy Thy gaze beneath. Return

3. Or: And by Thy Spirit's strength would still Return

4. Or: Serve Thee according to Thy will. Return

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #93

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