The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Let Us Praise The Christmas Tree

For Christmas

Words: Anonymous
Translator: H. Brueckner

Music: Der christbaum Ist Der Schonste Baum, German Folksong

Source: O. Hardwig, ed., Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #102

1. O let us praise the Christmas tree,
    Its beauty is amazing;
What joy it brings to you and me,
And how we clap our hands in glee
    When all its lights are blazing,
    When all its lights are blazing,
        Yes, blazing.

2. For, lo, in this most holy night
    The Christ to us was given;
Had He not saved us by His might,
In darkness there would be no light,
    But now the clouds are riven,
    But now the clouds are riven,
        Yes, riven.

3. And from the throne of God on high
    A flood of light comes streaming;
The night is gone, no more we sigh,
Our hearts are bright with hope and joy,
    Our faces, too, are beaming,
    Our faces, too, are beaming,
        Yes, beaming.

4. So to the Christmas tree we bring
    Our praises, loudly chanted,
And hallelujahs, too, we sing
To Christ, our Prophet, Priest and King,--
    The Life-tree, in us planted,
    The Life-tree, in us planted,
        Yes, planted,

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #102

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