The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To Us The Promised Child Is Born !

For Christmas

Words: Der Tag der ist so freudenreich,” a translation by Martin Luther of the Latin hymn Dies est lćtitić

Translation of verse 2 (“ Ein Kindelein so löbelich”) by Dr. H. Mills of "Der Tag der ist so freudenreich"

Source: Henry Mills, Horae Germanicae: A Version of German Hymns (New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1856), #143, p. 274.



To us the promised child is born !
    To us a son is given !
And, else of ev'ry hope forlorn,
    We now may look for heaven.
Without this son to be our trust,
In deep despair we all were lost,--
    He only can deliver
But all who own this wondrous child,
Their hopes on thee, blest Jesus, build, --
    Shall live with God for ever.

                                M. Luther, d. 1546

Editor's Note:

Other translations of this German hymn include:

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