The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful

For Christmas

Words: O Sanctissima,
Verse 1, Johannes D. Falk, O du frohliche!, Auserlesene Werke (Leipzig, Germany: 1816); verses 2-3, anonymous ("O du fröhliche, o du selige, gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit"). Translated from German to English by Henry Katterjohn, 1919. (1869-1931)

Music: "Sicilian Mariners," from The European Magazine and Review, 1792
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

1. O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Grace revealing Christmastide!
Jesus came to win us
From all sin within us;
Glorify, glorify the Holy Child!

2. O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Love revealing Christmastide!
Loud hosannas singing,
And all praises bringing,
May Thy love, may Thy love with us abide.

3. O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Peace revealing Christmastide!
Darkness disappeareth,
God’s own light now neareth,
Peace and joy, peace and joy to all betide.

Sheet Music to "O Sanctissima" from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #91, p. 126.

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