37. Once Again My Heart Rejoices

1 Once again my heart rejoices
As I hear
Far and near
Sweetest angel voices.
"Christ is born!" their choirs are singing
Till the air
Ev'rywhere Now
with joy is ringing.

2 Hear! The conqueror has spoken:
"Now the foe,
Sin and woe,
Death and hell are broken!"
God is man, man to deliver,
And the Son
Now is one
With our blood forever.

3 Should we still fear God's displeasure,
Who, to save,
Freely gave
His most precious treasure?
To redeem us he has given
His own Son
From the throne
Of his might in heaven.

4 God becomes the victim, taking
Mankind's place
By his grace,
Full atonement making.
For our life his own he tenders,
And his grace
All our race
Fit for glory renders.

5 Softly from his lowly manger
Jesus calls
One and all,
"You are safe from danger.
Children, from the sins that grieve you
You are freed;
All you need
I will surely give you."

6 Come, then, banish all your sadness!
One and all,
Great and small,
Come with songs of gladness;
We shall live with him forever
There on high
In that joy
Which will vanish never.

Text Information
First Line: Once again my heart rejoices
Title: Once Again My Heart Rejoices
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76 (abr.)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (, alt.)
Meter: 8 33 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger
Meter: 8 33 6 D
Key: D Major

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