The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Sing We, Now Rejoice

For Christmas

Words: "Nun Singet Und Seid Froh" ("In dulci iubilo"),
Translated by Arthur T. Russell, 1806-1874

Music: "Nun Singet Und Seid Froh" ("In dulci iubilo"), German melody, 14th century
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From The Lutheran Hymnal, Hymn #92
See Good Christian Men, Rejoice, In Dulci Jubilo, and these notes.

1. Now sing we, now rejoice,
Now raise to heaven our voice;
He from whom joy streameth1
    Poor in a manger lies;
Not so brightly beameth2
    The sun in yonder skies.
Thou my Savior art!
Thou my Savior art!

2. Come2a from on high to me;
I cannot rise to Thee
Cheer my wearied spirit,3
    O pure and holy Child;
Through Thy grace and merit,4
    Blest Jesus, Lord most mild,
Draw me unto Thee!5
Draw me unto Thee!

3. Now through His Son doth shine
The Father's grace divine.
Death o'er us had reigned
    Through sin and vanity;
He for us obtained6
    Eternal joy on high.
May we praise Him there!
May we praise Him there!

4. Oh, where shall joy be found?
Where but on heavenly ground?
Where the angels singing7
    With all His saints unite,
Sweetest praises bringing8
    In heavenly joy and light.
Oh, that we were there!9
Oh, that we were there!

Notes

1. In some versions, this line is preceded by Lo! Return

2. In some versions, this line is preceded by Yet Return

2a. Or: Given Return

3. In some versions, this line is preceded by O Return

4. Or: Thro’ all Thy grace and merit, Return

5. Or for both lines: Draw me after Thee! Return

6. Or: The Son for us obtained Return

7. Or: Where now the angels singing Return

8. Or: Their sweetest praises bringing Return

9. Or for both lines: May we praise Him there! Return

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #103

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