From Heaven Angel Hosts Did Fly
Words: Dr. Martin Luther, Vom Himmel Kam Der Engel Schar
Music: Not Stated
Source: Alice Manington, A Wreath of Carols from the Fatherland (London: William Macintosh, 1864), # XVIII, "The Announcement," pp. 32-33.
1. From heaven angel hosts did fly,
And to the shepherd men drew nigh
A little child, quite near, they said,
Was sleeping in a manger bed:"
2. In David's town — at Bethlehem —
As Micah had revealed to men :
It is the Saviour, Christ the Lord,"
Who does to all men health afford.
3. Thus we may now be full of glee,
That God "as one" with us will be;
For he is born as flesh and blood,
Our brother, our eternal good.
4. What fear can sin or death supply
The God of Truth he stands us by;
Let hell and devil anger shew,
Christ is our "comrade" now, we know.
5. He will not, cannot you forsake,
Of him your only refuge make
Though many foes against you fight,
He, who ne'er fails, will lend his might.
6. Your right, at length, shall be made known,
For now you have become "God's own;"
Thus thank God through eternity
In time, too, glad and patient be.
Note from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Alice Manington, daughter of Thomas Manington, of Hastings, was born at Brighton, and in 1882 was residing in Vienna. She has published:—
(1.) Footprints of the Holy Dead; Translations from the German, by A. M. London, W. Macintosh, 1863, containing in all 102 pieces.
(2.) A Wreath of Carols from the Fatherland. London, W. Macintosh, 1864. This contains translations of 25 German hymns and carols, No. 26 being original.
None of these versions appear to be in English common use. They are noted under the first lines of the German wherever possible. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
The last name is sometimes spelled "Manington" and sometimes as "Mannington."
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