The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Day Full of Grace

A Scandinavian Folk Hymn For Christmas

Words: Nicolai F. S. Grundtvig, "Den signede dag" (1826)

Translation: Christoph E. F. Weyse (1826)

O day full of grace, which we behold,
Now gently to view ascending;
Thou over the earth thy reign unfold,
Good cheer to all mortals lending,
That children of light in evíry clime
May prove that the night is ending.

How blest was that gracious midnight hour,
When God in our flesh was given;
Then flushed the dawn with light and powír,
That spread oíer the darkened heaven;
Then rose oíer the world that sun divine
Which gloom from our hearts hath driven.

Yea, were evíry tree endowed with speech,
And evíry leaflet singing,
They never with praise Godís worth could reach,
Though earth with their praise be ringing.
Who fully could praise the light of life,
Who light to our souls is bringing,
Who fully could praise the Lord!
With joy we depart for the promised land,
And there we shall walk in endless light.

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