The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Mortals Who Have God Offended

For the Circumcision

Words: “Freut euch, Sünder, allerwegen”

Author: Paul Gerhard (1606-1676)

Translation by Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1841

Source: Frances Elizabeth Cox, Sacred Hymns from the German (London: William Pickering, 1841), p. 21

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Romans 10:4

1. Mortals, who have God offended,
Sinners all, rejoice to-day!
Gods own Son, from heaven descended,
Now your ransom 'gins to pay:
See the law this day fulfill'd,
God's just wrath and vengeance still'd;
He for sin who would have slain us,
Now for sons and heirs hath ta'en us.

2. Well may we this grace and favour
Evermore with blessings tell !
Well may heart and mouth for ever
Hail Thee our Immanuel !
Here in weakness while we stay,
Lord, we praise Thee as we may;
Earthly bonds our tongues here fetter,
But in heaven we'll praise Thee better.


Does not occur in the second, revised edition of this work, Hymns from the German (1864).

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