The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thee, O Immanuel, We Praise

The Sunday After Christmas-Day: The Desire Of All Nations

Words:  "Wir Singen Dir Immanuel", Paul Gerhardt, 1653
Translation By Catherine Winkworth, From Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year ,1855
Compare: We Sing To Thee, Emmanuel (Frances Elizabeth Cox)

"Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
From the Gospel.
Matt. 1:23

Music: "Erschienen Ist," Nikolaus Hermann, 1560
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: 8,8,8,8

See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

1. Thee, O Immanuel, we praise,
The Prince of Life, and Fount of Grace,
The Morning Star, the Heavenly Flower,
The Virgin's Son, the Lord of Power.

2. With all Thy saints, Thee, Lord, we sing,
Praise, honour, thanks to Thee we bring,
That Thou, O long-expected guest,
Hast come at last to make us blest!

3. Since first the world began to be,
How many a heart hath longed for Thee;
Long years our fathers hoped of old
Their eyes might yet Thy Light behold:

4. The prophets cried; "Ah, would He came
To break the fetters of our shame;
That help from Zion came to men,
Israel were glad, and prospered then!"

5. Now art Thou here; we know Thee now,
In lowly manger liest Thou;
A child, yet makest all things great,
Poor, yet is earth Thy robe of state.

6. From Thee alone all gladness flows,
Who yet shalt bear such bitter woes;
Earth's light and comfort Thou shalt be,
Yet none shall watch to comfort Thee.

7. All heavens are Thine, yet Thou didst come
To sojourn in a stranger's home;
Thou hangest on Thy mother's breast
Who art the joy of spirits blest.

8. Now fearless I can look on Thee,
From sin and grief Thou sett'st me free;
Thou bearest wrath, Thou conquerest Death,
Fear turns to joy Thy glance beneath.

9. Thou art my Head, my Lord Divine,
I am Thy member, wholly Thine,
And in Thy Spirit's strength would still
Serve Thee according to Thy will.

10. Thus will I sing Thy praises here
With joyful spirit year by year;
And they shall sound before Thy throne,
Where time nor number more are known.

Sheet Music "Ere Yet The Dawn Hath Fill'd The Skies" 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, #35.

Sheet Music to "Ere Yet The Dawn Hath Fill'd The Skies" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #35.

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