The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Jesu Christ, All Praise To Thee

For Christmas

Words: "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ," Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Translator: Not Stated

Music: "Melody of the 15th Century
Harmonized by Dr. A. B. Marx."

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #74, pp. 116.

1. O Jesu Christ, all praise to Thee,
Who art pleased a Man to be;
The Virgin's womb Thou dost not scorn,
And angels shout to see Thee born. Hallelujah.

2. The eternal Father's only Son
Takes a manger for His throne:
The everlasting fount of good,
Assumes our mortal flesh and blood. Hallelujah.

3. The first of all in earth or skies
Now in Mary's bosom lies:
To be a little child, He deigns
Who all things by Himself sustains. Hallelujah.

4. The eternal Light to us descends,
And to earth its brightness lends:
Purely it shines upon our night,
To make us children of the light. Hallelujah.

5. The only Son, true God, confessed,
Comes to His own world a guest:
And through this vale of tears our Guide,
Doth in His heaven our home provide. Hallelujah.

6. In poorest guise to us He came,
Taking all our sin and shame,
That, as His heirs in heaven above,
We may with angels share His love. Hallelujah.

7. His love to show, surpassing thought!
He this wondrous work hath wrought;
Then let us all unite to raise
Our song of glad unceasing praise.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #74, pp. 116.

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