Oh! Let Us All Be Glad Today
For Christmas Eve
Text based on Luke 2: 1-18
Translation by John Hunt
Music: "St. Gregory," LM, German
"Festus," LM, From a German Chorale
Source: George S. Barrett, ed., Congregational Church Hymnal (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1887), #739, p. 593.
1 O! let us all be glad to-day,
And with the shepherds homage pay:
Come, see what God to us hath given,
His only Son, sent down from heaven.
2 Awake, my soul! from sadness rise,
Come, see what in the manger lies;
Who is this smiling infant Child ?—
'Tis little Jesus, sweet and mild.
3 Twice welcome, O Thou heavenly Guest,
To save a world with sin distressed;
Com'st Thou in lowly guise for me?
What homage shall I give to Thee!
4 Ah! Lord eternal, heavenly King.
Hast Thou become so mean a thing;
And hast Thou left Thy blissful seat,
To rest where colts and oxen eat?
5 Were this wide world much wider made,
With gold and costly gems arrayed;
E'en then, by far too mean 'twould be,
To make a little crib for Thee.
6 No silken robes surround Thy head.
A bunch of hay is all Thy bed!
Where Thou, a King so rich and great.
Art bright as in Thy heavenly state.
7 Jesus, my Saviour, come to me—
Make here a little crib for Thee:
A bed make in this heart of mine,
That I may aye remember Thine.
8 Then from my soul glad songs shall ring—
Of Thee each day I'll gaily sing:
The glad hosannas will I raise,
From heart that loves to sing Thy praise.
Sheet Music from George S. Barrett, ed., Congregational Church Hymnal (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1887), #739, pp. 592-593.
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