The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly

For Christmas

Words: Freuet euch, ihr Christen alle, Christian Keimann (1607-1662), 1646?
Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878), 1863

Music: "Freuet euch, ihr Christen,"  Andreas Hammerschmidt, 1646

Source: 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, #33.

See: The Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

1. O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly,
    For your1 joy is now begun;
    Wondrous things our God hath done.
Tell abroad His goodness proudly,
    Who our race hath honored thus
    That He deigns to dwell with us:
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
    Hence, all sorrow and repining,
    For the Sun of Grace is shining!

2. See, my soul, thy Savior chooses
    Weakness here and poverty,
    In such love He comes to thee,
Nor the hardest couch refuses;
    All He suffers for thy good,
    To redeem thee by His blood:
Joy, then, joy, beyond all gladness!
Christ hath done away with sadness!
    Hence, all sorrow and repining,
    For the Sun of Grace is shining!

3. Lord, how shall I thank Thee rightly?
    I acknowledge that by Thee
    Every blessing flows to me.2
Let me not forget it lightly,
    But to Thee through all times cleave;
    So my heart and mind receive.3
Joy, yea, joy, beyond all gladness!
Christ hath done away with sadness!
    Hence, all sorrow and repining,
    For the Sun of Grace is shining!

4. Jesus, guard and guide Thy members,
    Fill Thy brethren with Thy grace,
    Hear their prayers in every place,
Quicken now life's faintest embers;
    Grant all Christians, far and near,
    Holy peace, a glad New Year!
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
    Hence, all sorrow and repining,
    For the Sun of Grace is shining!

Notes:

1. Or: our. Return

2. Or: I am saved eternally. Return

3. Or: And my heart true peace receive. Return

Sheet Music 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, #33.

Sheet Music to "Original Tune" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #33.

See: The Lutheran Hymnal. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942, Hymn #96, p. 79, which added following after the last line of verse 4: "Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly."

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