The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sing! Sing! Ye Ransomed Mortals, Sing

For Christmas

Words: Martin Luther, Vom Himmel Kam Der Engel Schar, 1543
See: Notes on Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar

Translation: John Bowring

By Sir John Bowring, Hymns (London: Printed for the Author, 1825), No. 81, pp. 76-77.

Luther's Angel-Song

Sing! sing! ye ransomed mortals, sing!
We come from heaven—from heaven, and bring
 Glad tidings of great joy to earth;
We come from heaven, commissioned there
Glad tidings of great joy to bear,
 Announcing your Redeemer's birth.

Yes! your Redeemer is at hand;
Echo the tidings through the land;
 Your Saviour comes—he comes—the reign
Of peace and glory is begun:
He comes, the Son of peace, the Son
 Of God, his advent shout again.

Shout! shout! thou earth!—thou heaven repeat
The notes of joy in transports meet,
 For earth and heaven are one—are one;
The Lord of glory bows Him down,
And He who wears the heavenly crown
 Descends to rule on earth alone.

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