Ah, Dearest Jesus
For Christmas Eve
Vom Himmel hoch da komm
ich her, by Martin
From Joseph Klug's Gesangsbuch, 1535
Notes and Translations: Notes for Vom Himmel Hoch Da Komm Ich Her
Text based on Luke 2: 1-18
Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), 1855. These are the last three verses from the longer hymn, From Heaven Above To Earth I Come.
Music:"Von Himmel Hoch," from Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder (Leipzig, Germany: 1539); harmony by Johann Sebastian Bach
1. Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
2. My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle song.
3. Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.