The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Susani, Susani

For Christmas

Popular German Carol, Words from Niederdeutsche Geistliche Lieder.
Translation by D. N. Y.

Melody from Katharina Tirs' Hymnarius.

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #152, p. 30.

1. From highest heaven come, angels come!
    Eya! Eya! Susani, susani, susani;
With jocund song; with fife and drum
    Alleluia, Alleluia. Of Jesus sing and Maria.

2. And tune your merry lay. ('tis meet)
    Eya! Eya! Susani, susani, susani;
To Harp and lute and viol sweet.
    Alleluia, Alleluia. Of Jesus sing and Maria.

3. Blend with your voices, where ye sing
    Eya! Eya! Susani, susani, susani;
The organ and the trembling string.
    Alleluia, Alleluia. Of Jesus sing and Maria.

4. Sing peace on earth, from shore to shore,
    Eya! Eya! Susani, susani, susani;
And praise your Lord for Evermore.
    Alleluia, Alleluia. Of Jesus sing and Maria.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #152, p. 30.

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Note from Rev. Terry:

However misplaced the accentuation may seem here, it is a transcription of the original.

Editor's Note:

See the sheet music for the fuller explanation.

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