From Heaven Above

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1 From heav'n above to earth I come
To bring good news to ev'ryone!
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To all the world and gladly sing:

2 To you this night is born a child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild;
This new-born child of lowly birth
Shall be the joy of all the earth.

3 This is the Christ, God's Son most high,
Who hears your sad and bitter cry;
He will himself your Savior be
And from all sin will set you free.

4 The blessing which the Father planned
The Son holds in his infant hand
That in his kingdom, bright and fair,
You may with us his glory share.

5 These are the signs which you will see
To let you know that it is he:
In manger bed, in swaddling clothes
The child who all the earth upholds.

6 How glad we'll be to find it so!
Then with the shepherds let us go
To see what God for us has done
In sending us his own dear Son.

7 Look, look, dear friends, look over there!
What lies within that manger bare?
Who is that lovely little one?
The baby Jesus, God's dear Son.

Source: Lutheran Worship #37

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

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First Line: From heav'n above to earth I come To bring good news to everyone!
Title: From Heaven Above
Author: Martin Luther
Source: Hymnal translation, 1978
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Copyright: Tr. © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship



Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his wel…

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Lutheran Worship #37Text
Worship (3rd ed.) #388
Worship (4th ed.) #433
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