The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Let Us All Right Merry Be

The Angel's Message & Our Response

Words: Martin Luther, 1535
trans. Winfred Douglas, 1939

Music: Vom Himmel hoch [From Heaven High], German, 1539
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / Sheet Music
Meter: LM

Number 22 & 23, The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1940
(New York: Church Pension Fund, 1940)
and #80 in The Hymnal 1982

The Angel's Message

1. "From Heaven high, I come to you,
I bring you tidings good and new,
Good tidings of great joy I bring:
Thereof will I both say and sing:

2. "For you a little child is born
Of God's own chosen maid, this morn:
A fair and tender baby bright
To be your joy and your delight.

3. "Lo, he is Christ, the Lord indeed,
Our God, to guide you in your need:
And he will be your Savious, strong
To cleanse you from all sin and wrong."

Our Response

4. Now let us all right merry be,
And, with the shepherds, go t see
Godís own dear Son, within the stall;
His gift, bestowed upon us all.

5. Mark well, my heart; look well, mine eyes;
Who is it in the manger lies:
What child is this, so young and fair?
It is my Jesus lieth there.

6. Ah, dearest Jesus, be my guest:
Soft be the bed where thou wilt rest,
A little shrine within my heart,
That thou and I may never part.

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7. Praise God above on his high throne,
Who giveth us his only Son.
The angel hosts rejoice in bliss
To chant a glad New Year like this. Amen.

 

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