The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Rejoice, Rejoice, Ye Christians

For Christmas Day

Words: Anonymous, Geistliche Lieder, Magdeburg, Germany, 1540.
Translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1863

Music: "Valet Will Ich Dir Geben," Melchior Teschner, 1613
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Source: William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #32.

See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

1. Rejoice, rejoice, ye Christians,
    With all your heart this morn!
Oh hear the blessèd tidings,
    The Lord, the Christ is born,
Now brought us by the angels
    That stand about God's throne;
Oh lovely are the voices
    That make such tidings known!
    That make such tidings known!

2. Oh hearken to their singing,
    "This Child shall be your Friend,
The Father so hath will'd it,
    That thus your woes should end;
The Son is freely given,
    That in Him ye may have
The Father's grace and blessing,
    And know He loves to save.
    And know He loves to save.

3. Nor deem the form too lowly
    That clothes Him at this hour;
For know ye what it hideth?
    'Tis God's almighty power.
Though now within the manger
    So poor and weak He lies,
He is the Lord of all things,
    He reigns above the skies.
    He reigns above the skies.

4. Sin, Death, and Hell, and Satan
    Have lost the victory;
This Child shall overthrow them
    As ye shall surely see;
Their wrath shall nought avail them,
    Fear not, their reign is o'er;
This Child shall overthrow them, --
    Oh hear and doubt no more.
    Oh hear and doubt no more

Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #32.

Sheet Music to "Original Tune" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #32.

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