1 To us from heaven's lofty height
Fair angels now descend;
Behold, how to the gloomy night
They radiant brightness lend!
A thousand harps are ringing,
And all unite in singing:
2 What prompts you thus to leave your home,
Where all is joy and glee?
Why should you wish on earth to roam,
What have you come to see?
Ye heralds consecrated,
Why sing ye so elated:
3 'Tis on the Child of Bethlehem
These angel hosts would gaze:
He is the world's most precious Gem,
And heaven sings His praise.
To work out our salvation
He left God's habitation.
4 O Child so wonderful and great,
Thou camest from above;
Thy lips the Father's will relate,
Thou art His pledge of love.
By Thee the peace of heaven
To us on earth is given.
5 We join the angels in their glee,
Dear Christ, this Christmas day.
O come our welcome Guest to be,
Yes, come with us to stay.
Be pleased to hear our voices
While ev'ry heart rejoices:
|First Line:||To us from heaven's lofty height|
|Title:||To Us From Heaven's Lofty Height|
|Translator:||H. Brueckner (1925)|
|Meter:||8 6 8 6 7 7 8|
|Topic:||Carols and Spiritual Songs: Christmas|
|Source:||From the German|