The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Praise God the Lord, Ye Sons of Men

Words: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich,  Nikolaus Herman, 1560
Translated by August Crull (1845-1923), ca. 1923

Music: "Lobt Gott, ihr Christen," Nikolaus Herman, 1554
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

Hymn #105 from The Lutheran Hymnal
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

1. Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men,
Before His highest throne;
Today He opens heaven again
And gives us His own Son.
And gives us His own Son.

2. He leaves His heavenly Father's throne,
Is born an infant small,
And in a manger, poor and lone,
Lies in a humble stall.
Lies in a humble stall.

3. He veils in flesh His power divine1
A servant's form to take;2
In want and lowliness must pine3
Who heaven and earth did make.
Who heaven and earth did make.

4. He nestles at His mother's breast,
Receives her tender care,
Whom angels hail with joy most blest,
King David's royal heir.
King David's royal heir.

5. 'Tis He who in these latter days
From Judah's tribe should come,
By whom the Father would upraise4
The Church, His Christendom.
The Church, His Christendom.

6. A wondrous change which He doth make!
He takes our flesh and blood,
And He conceals for sinners' sake5
His majesty of God.
His majesty of God.

7. He serves that I a lord may be;
A great exchange indeed!
Could Jesus' love do more for me
To help me in my need?
To help me in my need?

8. He opens us again the door
Of Paradise today;
The angel6 guards the gate no more,
To God our thanks we pay.
To God our thanks we pay.

Alternate 4th Verse from O. Hardwig:

4. He nestles at His mother's breast,
Her milk His food must be
Whom saints and angels call Him blest
Of Davidís house is He
Of Davidís house is He

Notes:

1. Or: He lays aside His power divine Return

2. Or: doth Return

3. Or: In want and lowless He doth pine Return

4. Or: By whom the Lord again would raise Return

5. Or: And lays aside, for sinners' sake Return

6. Or: cherub Return

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #101

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